An avid bike owner says if motorists in Saskatoon had been extra empathetic towards cyclists, his spouse would not have been despatched to the emergency room final week.
Jared Stephenson’s spouse, Leticia Stephenson, cycles to work and had a crash final week after an in depth name with a car.
“She works at Metropolis Hospital and he or she was simply getting into the southwest entrance of Kinsman Park there by the YWCA,” Stephenson advised Saskatoon Morning‘s Leisha Grebinski.
He mentioned she was in her correct lane when a motorist got here up behind her and began honking.
‘A fairly dangerous spill’
“She went to the shoulder examine [to] see what the difficulty was and noticed the motorist form of waving from behind the wheel and stuff like that. And on account of being startled and a few poor highway circumstances and unfastened materials, she took a reasonably dangerous spill on her face,” Stephenson mentioned.
“She had her sun shades embedded in her forehead and has some stitches,” he mentioned, including she’s going to doubtless have everlasting scarring.
11:27His spouse fell off her bicycle after a motorist honked at her. Hear why it made this man analysis site visitors codes involving bikes
After his spouse fell, Stephenson mentioned the motive force initially did not cease.
However a police cruiser occurred to be close by and stopped to assist.
Stephenson got here and took his spouse to the hospital. “It was someday after that that the motive force did finally come again and recognized himself to the police and did certainly point out that he noticed her fall.”
Stephenson, who has commuted to work for years, mentioned he isn’t shocked by the incident.
“I have been clipped by motor automobiles. Had individuals comply with far too shut. I have never had a direct collision, however following too shut and simply witnessing individuals not signalling, reducing you off….”
“Some is malicious, there is not any query. However I feel quite a lot of it’s simply ignorance. And I do not imply that in a nasty means. It is simply I do not assume that there is a good understanding of different customers on the highway.
“I feel quite a lot of it actually comes right down to a lack of know-how and empathy.”
Honking your horn at a bike owner who’s doing nothing unsuitable creates a harmful scenario, he mentioned.
“It’s totally startling and it results in dangerous outcomes,” he mentioned. “Additionally, it might be interpreted as an indication of hostility.”
Like many different individuals, Stephenson mentioned, biking is a monetary and well being determination for his household.
“It’s the quickest, most cost-effective, easiest, finest method to get from dwelling to work,” he mentioned.
New legal guidelines wanted, Stephenson says
Stephenson want to see adjustments to the site visitors legal guidelines in order that bikes aren’t lumped into the identical class as motorized automobiles.
“We make guidelines primarily based on the infrastructure that they are utilizing, not essentially the character of the car itself,” he mentioned. “So you will have anyone on a 25-pound bike with form of no safety. It is powered on human leg energy versus a 4,000-pound automobile or truck with an inside combustion engine and a whole bunch of horsepower at their disposal. And then you definitely power them to share the identical area.”
He mentioned site visitors legal guidelines have to be designed not solely from the perspective of somebody behind the wheel of a car, but additionally from the perspective of cyclists.
Altering legal guidelines and bringing in bike lanes are long-term options, however a bit of extra empathy can create safer roads proper now, he mentioned.
“That is one thing that does not price any cash,” Stephenson mentioned.