So you’ve killed a cyclist. Now what?

Oh shit.

This weekend, The Globe and Mail published a story on the forthcoming Michael Bryant trial.  Bryant was Ontario’s former Attorney General who caused the death of bicycle courier Darcy Allan.  Unfortunately, the story says little about how this case could be used to address the larger issue of cycling safety; like many trials, the case will turn on points of law (generally unrelated to the cause of the accident) and the character of the accused.  Much will be made over Bryant’s sparkling political past and Allan’s troubles with the law.  Of course, Bryant has from day one relied on the professional public relations firm he hired to spin the story in a favourable light.

Let’s hope this trial isn’t a missed opportunity to address the root causes of cycling deaths, be they driver aggression, failed infrastructure, or cyclist irresponsibility.

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