Sadly, Bill C-603, introduced by MP Hoang Mai calling for mandatory side guards on trucks was defeated. He states:
“Researchers in the United Kingdom found that with side guards, cyclist deaths dropped by 61% and serious injuries by 13%. These standards have been implemented throughout the European Union and even in Japan. What are we waiting for?”
Ask your candidates if they support side guards.
From the Globe and Mail:
Side guards are designed to prevent exposed road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, from falling under the sides of trucks and getting crushed by the back wheels. The recent death of a cyclist in Toronto has reignited the issue of whether the federal government should make them mandatory.
The family members of cyclists who have died in collisions with trucks are urging the Federal Government to take action. From Grieving families plead for truck side guards:
“The Canadian government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens. Side guards are a no-brainer, like seatbelts and airbags,” said Karen MacNeil Hartmann, whose husband, cyclist Ulrich Hartmann, was killed by a cement truck on Sept. 11, 2006.
Speaking at the Kensington Market yoga studio where Jenna Morrison taught before the young, pregnant cyclist was killed by a truck earlier this month, MacNeil Hartmann said she still searches her soul to understand the senseless death of the man she described as a “gentle teddy bear.”
In addition to protecting cyclists, side guards can also protect people in automobiles, SUVs and pickup trucks.
While the federal government needs to take action to make side guards mandatory throughout the country, cities, companies and other organizations can help by installing side guards on their trucks and requiring their suppliers to do the same. Montreal borough St. Laurent, has started installing side guards on their trucks.