Poor guy killed on tricycle had reflectors but allegedly SOLD lights given to him for free
Long story short, if somebody can't look out for their own safety, it's hard to ask EVERYONE on the road to do it for them . . . Yet, nearly everyone on the street probably did give a lot of leeway to the poor dude who was recently killed riding an adult tricycle - But an accident was inevitable.
A Livejournal post providing a eulogy offers a telling perspective while attempting to frame a larger social issue:
The news stories are really brushing this incident off, emphasizing that Lewis was difficult to see, that the driver is not at fault.Predictably, out of town blogger Heidi takes up the mantle for this cause as well.
The man was HOMELESS, people. The homeless are generally treated as invisible. Sarah & Christi had given him lights before, but he tended to plunder the batteries out of them to power his Walkman, or would use the lights as barter tender with other homeless or try to sell them to people for extra cash.
Going forward, perhaps we could focus on doing everything possible to ensure it's easier to see cyclists at night, in addition to increasing efforts to get drivers to be more careful.Thing is, PEOPLE ALREADY DID THIS . . . Props to the Acme Bicycle Company for doing their best to try and protect the guy by giving him FREE lights and taking a loss on the deal . . . They'll most likely go bankrupt if they make that kind of charity a habit.
However, the point is . . . If people can't look out for their own safety then it's not UNFAIR to put the burden on EVERYONE ELSE to do so . . . And if local bikers really want to avoid getting his THEY NEED TO STAY OFF THE STREET. In fact, with so many bikers falling victim to fatal car crashes the solution is clear . . . Kansas City NEEDS TO PASS AN ORDINANCE TO GET BICYCLES OFF THE STREET.
For more than a year now, politically active bicyclists have been pushing this town to cater to their whims and waste precious resources to accommodate them. But this is a commuter town and their battle against the automobile is a losing one, even if gas goes to 5 bucks a gallon. So, if they want to play politics with the city (They do and all happen to be Funkhouser supporters). It might be time for this SMALL BUT VOCAL CONTINGENT to face a cruel political reality that so many special interest groups have realized: THEY'RE OUTNUMBERED.
Still, I'm all about protecting people and it seems that the easiest solution here, the way to ensure that KC's streets don't meet with anymore fatalities for bicyclists is to PASS AN ORDINANCE TO GET THEM OFF THE ROAD.
It's for their own good.
No matter how loudly they yell, the truth is that bicycling is not a right and this liberal, car hating contingent clearly needs a reality check.