Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another sad incident in Ottawa

This blog is about cycling, the joys of which mean a great deal to me.  Nonetheless, we cannot overlook the dangers involved and this was brought home to me late this afternoon.  We were just finishing up for the day in the office when directly outside on Sussex Drive a cyclist was hit by a bus. One of my colleagues saw the incident from her office window.  When the emergency crews arrived (within only a few minutes) it was soon obvious from their actions that the victim was already beyond help.  

Apparently the cyclist was moving across Sussex (which has a bus lane closest to the curb, which becomes a turning lane) to get towards the lane that takes you straight through and was struck by a bus and dragged underneath the front end.  We could see the rear end of the bike under the front tire of the bus. The Ottawa Citizen has a brief report this evening noting it was a female cyclist and the story is that she rode directly into the path of the oncoming bus.

This was probably someone like me, finishing work and looking forward to the ride home.  It could be any of us.  It is very distressing.  Please ride safely, everyone.

1 comment:

Lily on the Road said...

Yes, I heard about this sad incident this morning on the 5:30am news.

It is a tricky area to ride which I discovered last Saturday. Very busy with car traffic, buses and sightseeing buses as well.

Again another lesson to ride with caution, my condolence's to her family. How very, very sad and tragic.