11 May '12, 6am

Cyclists and Pedestrians Keep Getting Killed By Trucks When The Solution Is Easy: Mandatory Side Guards

Cyclists and Pedestrians Keep Getting Killed By Trucks When The Solution Is Easy: Mandatory Side Guards

I had a rowing buddy killed by a cement truck turning right in front of him; at the time it was said that sideguards, rails in front of the rear wheels, might have saved him. After a young woman was killed in Toronto last year, there was an outcry to make side guards mandatory. I wrote then: There have been private members bills and coroners reports,[demanding side guards] going back years, but the trucking industry always protests, saying that they will cost too much, are too heavy, and will hurt gas mileage. Another argument against provincial or state legislation is that trucking in an international business. Except only certain kinds of trucking is international; most straight trucks are used locally. I am in Europe as I write this, and I have been looking at the side guards closely, and the arguments against them are completely specious. For one thing, they are not go...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/cyclists-and-pedestrians-...

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