A 24 year old motorcycle rider was killed on the weekend at an intersection outside of the city that we know very well.
Whenever something like this occurs, we tend to talk about it in hopes – at least from my end – of learning from what went wrong and doing my best to avoid the same fate. This young man’s sport bike broke in half from the impact when it struck a car that crossed its path. (Photo from London Free Press)
The car’s rear passenger door was destroyed and the dog riding in the back seat was killed. The car’s human occupants are okay. The bike was heading south on highway #4 and the car was crossing the highway heading west.
It’s obvious that the bike was traveling at a high rate of speed and the car’s driver didn’t see it. A motorcycle rider can never, ever take for granted that other motorists know they’re there. In fact, it’s best to assume they don’t. I’m finding a visible difference in how car drivers give me eye contact and quite obviously see me since I started wearing my “summer” riding jacket which is bright red. When I go back to my black leather coat I’m going to add my red-and-white bandana around my neck, just for a little extra visibility. Driving too fast? Yup, I’ve done that but only for short stretches and usually when passing someone which is rare, indeed. I see riders fly past our house in a blur and, not to be a bike snob but 9 times out of 10 they’re on sport bikes.
The death of this young man breaks my heart but if we don’t look closely at what happened we might be doomed to repeat it.