Cycling’s death zone – legislate against fools

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I was appalled a while ago to see an elite cyclist blasting along in the death zone. This guy would have been going a minimum of 50 km/hour inches away from parked cars. Fucking idiot.

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His behaviour should be illegal. But some crazy cycling advocates and the odd misguided coroner want to blame people opening car doors. See coroner link below and my earlier blog on “dooring”, helmets and hi-viz.

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There is NO way that anyone, even with the best of intentions who looked carefully behind them before inching open a car door could possibly have avoided this speeding fool.

The physics for humans seeing through metal door frames hasn’t been invented yet.

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I will not be one bit surprised if he is the next fatality along the stretch of road I cycle on every day.

If these photos are about your loved ones please don’t be upset. Rather, please join in me campaigning to make it illegal for cyclists to ride in car door zones – the death zone.

If these cyclists had been occupying their lanes confidently, they would in all probability still be alive.

That they were forced to cower in the death zone is the fault of our road culture and I am not saying they were fools to be in the death zone. If you’ve read this far I hope you’ll understand my headline.

Here are the links for each story.

http://www.bikexprt.com/massfacil/cambridge/doorzone/laird1.htm

Quebec coroner’s office says driver education will help cyclist safety

http://www.demotix.com/news/1672813/man-accused-causing-death-cyclist-old-bailey-london/all-media

Fatality Tracker: Cyclist avoids dooring and falls under wheels of semi truck

It’s also clear from the above links that some badly designed “cycling lanes” painted on roads can also be death zones with the dangers of dooring. Cyclists like me who NEVER ride in the death zone then cop more abuse from motorists for not using the death lane, thanks to misguided cycling organisations like Cycling Advocates Network who give their imprimatur to these cheap non-“fixes.”

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