10 Nov '11, 2pm

Canadian Government Rejects Side Guards on Trucks That Might Save Cyclists' Lives

Canadian Government Rejects Side Guards on Trucks That Might Save Cyclists' Lives

The memorial builds for Jenna Morrison, a pregnant 38 year old mother who was crushed under the rear wheels of a truck on the way to pick up her son at school the other day. Meanwhile, the Canadian Government resists calls for the installation of sideguards, which might have prevented this tragedy. According to the Globe and Mail, the feds say there is not enough evidence that they work. “Unfortunately, side guards are not a guarantee of safety,” spokeswoman Mélanie Emma Quesnel said Wednesday. “Transport Canada has not found research data indicating that side guards would be effective in Canada. Studies completed don’t provide sufficient evidence to move forward with a regulation.” © Martin Reis In a letter to the Minister of Transport, Member of Parliament Olivia Chow (a seriously committed, if overdressed, cyclist) notes another reason: In 2006, I proposed a bill in the...

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