11 Aug '11, 3pm

84 yr old cyclist killed by 81 yr old driver. Media gripe about licensing cyclists, but what about roadtesting seniors?

84 yr old cyclist killed by 81 yr old driver. Media gripe about licensing cyclists, but what about roadtesting seniors?

Image credit Lloyd Alter from Taking Back the Streets: Cyclist Memorials This gets personal. My late father told me that he hoped he didn't live to be 80 because they would take his licence, and he thought his freedom, away. Unfortunately he got his wish. At that time, drivers had to get retested at 80; then Ontario Premier Mike Harris (who I still blame for everything that is wrong in the world) changed the rules so that they only had to do an eye test and a short written exam, ensuring that the Conservative Party got the seniors' vote forever. My mom loved her little Echo and the freedom to drop into a store or an art gallery, or go out to a restaurant with her friends. She was a terrible driver, but if we ever suggested that she hang up the keys, she would threaten to disown us, there was no talking to her about it. Last year at age 92 she sideswiped a BMW, which trigge...

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