Was there ever a greater joy for any of us than zooming along on a bicycle on a beautiful summer day? The best part was feeling no fear whatsoever. Bless the special angels who watch out for risky carefree children and teenagers.
Alas, it’s now 2016 and we Boomers are no longer young. Cycling has become hugely popular across all age groups, but on many streets, it seems to be riskier than ever. Until the days when cars can drive themselves and technology prevents collisions, the risk of getting knocked off by a car seem to be increasing every day.
In Winnipeg, the city council thinks helmets should be mandatory for just about everyone, as if police didn’t have enough to do without ticketing bike riders with nothing on their heads. Even when the worst happens, and a cyclist is killed or seriously injured, the justice system doesn’t often take the situation very seriously.
In Burlington Ontario back in 2006, Greg Stobbart was killed while riding his bike. He was a Sargeant with the OPP, and he was hit by a driver who had been convicted five times for driving while suspended. The driver was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Two months later this genius got behind the wheel again, without a valid license, and clobbered another person on a bike.
Was it really a lot safer back then, or were we just plain lucky?
Be careful out there, and enjoy the summer.
I’m Roger Currie