A week ago Diane Freeman, a Waterloo city councillor was struck from behind on her bicycle by a motor vehicle. The motorist was fined $110 and charged with failing to share the road. Diane was traveling on Northfield, making a left on to Parkside.
You can find a record article with the details from October 5th’s paper. And sadly you can find Diane’s response to an email chastizing her for being in the left turn lane in a post entitled ‘Is being right wrong‘. (Check out Rob’s interview with Diane during a 2010 municipal election.)
It’s a travesty that almost killing a person, even if unintentional, is given a measly fine of $110. Don’t we value human life? Is driving that important? What would be a just consequence in this circumstance?
Let’s continue to work for safer forms of alternative transportation. Our roadways are for people, we need to design them to include people who ride bicycles.