Cyclists across the province are riding - metaphorically, at least - to support NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo's private members bill which would amend Ontario's Highway Traffic Act to establish specific distances that motorists must leave for cyclists, from the current 'so far as may be necessary to avoid a collision', to three feet below 50 km/h, four feet between 50 and 80, and five feet over 80.
Um, how many metres would that be?
And would motorists need long, calibrated curb feelers to determine those distances?
Cyclists say they need this protection, especially at higher speeds when the wind from passing cars can blow them right off their bikes.
You're riding on a road on such a flimsy contraption that the wind from other road users can blow you into the ditch?
Are you nuts??
And you expect your government and publicly-funded health care to support you in this insanity?
If Ms DiNovo really did belong to a 'democratic' party, new or old, she might recognize that while democracies have some level of obligation to protect minorities, it still is 'majority rules', 'greatest good for the greatest number', etc.
This law would force motorists to swerve into adjacent lanes, probably causing even more collisions, in which the cyclists would likely be collateral damage anyway.
Causing more crashes is not the way to improved road safety - for anyone.
Of course, this bill hasn't a snowflake's chance in Hades of getting passed in a Liberal-dominated legislature.
But it does show that cyclists really don't understand how dangerous what they do is.
Why should their risk-taking impinge on the rest of us?