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Re: Bike deaths

Postby Battery9 » 06 Feb 2012, 19:11

I always ride the infamous Route 9 on my scooter from Xindian to Pinglin at least once a month. I often see scooters passing cars on a bend, in the bike lane. I can't imagine what would happen if a biker was there.
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Re: Bike deaths

Postby Satellite TV » 07 Feb 2012, 03:53

Nuit wrote:Sad news. Andrew Kuebrich, 24 - an American cyclist, was killed by a truck in Kending over CNY. Report doesn't say how the accident happened, so we'll all assume it was the truck driver at fault :neutral:. Doesn't say if he was wearing a helmet or not, or if that would've made any difference.


Why make the assumption at all? I remember not too long ago an expat teacher I had met at On Tap was killed by a taxi driver. Many baying for the taxi drivers head it must have been his fault when in fact the dude ran through a red light into oncoming traffic. The taxi driver wasn't speeding as was "assumed"

We also had people assuming that a young newspaper delivery guy must have been at fault when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver, because we all know they ride willy nilly.

Yes it is sad and tragic that peoples lives come to an abrupt end whatever age they may be.
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Re: Bike deaths

Postby Nuit » 07 Feb 2012, 09:04

Satellite TV wrote:Why make the assumption at all? I remember not too long ago an expat teacher I had met at On Tap was killed by a taxi driver. Many baying for the taxi drivers head it must have been his fault when in fact the dude ran through a red light into oncoming traffic. The taxi driver wasn't speeding as was "assumed'.


I used :neutral: to try and get across exactly that.

The knee-jerk reaction is to blame the truck-driver, and given the reckless speed at which many of them drive, that's understandable.
But there's also a chance that the cyclist was on a hard & fast training run and made a bad call.

Until a description of the accident surfaces, we won't know either way.
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Re: Bike deaths

Postby the bear » 07 Feb 2012, 09:28

Nuit wrote:
Satellite TV wrote:Why make the assumption at all? I remember not too long ago an expat teacher I had met at On Tap was killed by a taxi driver. Many baying for the taxi drivers head it must have been his fault when in fact the dude ran through a red light into oncoming traffic. The taxi driver wasn't speeding as was "assumed'.


I used :neutral: to try and get across exactly that.

The knee-jerk reaction is to blame the truck-driver, and given the reckless speed at which many of them drive, that's understandable.
But there's also a chance that the cyclist was on a hard & fast training run and made a bad call.

Until a description of the accident surfaces, we won't know either way.


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Re: Bike deaths

Postby bullard2823 » 07 Feb 2012, 19:02

Andrew was my good friend. I remember when he was telling me about his trip before he left. As to who's at fault, it doesn't matter anymore. For those of you who cycle, please ride with extreme caution, especially on busy roads. It only takes a split second window for something bad to happen. Don't take anything for granted. God bless Andrew and his family.
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