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Woman killed on Trans Canada Trail, husband cycles for her cause

As a cyclist, you know that certain trails are designed for you. Unfortunately, some cross busy streets or join up with highways, and that can mean danger for you. That's the problem with the Trans Canada Trail that runs from Victoria, British Columbia to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The news reported on a man who is riding the trail in honour of his late wife; she was killed riding the trail. She had, in the past, complained about the trail being inaccessible and dangerous. She was right. When the two had traveled the trail during a holiday, they were turning off a gravel trail onto a highway when the woman was hit by a full-size van. She was thrown from her bike and killed.

For people who take the trail, turning onto that highway isn't an option. When you cross the border between Manitoba and Ontario, it requires riders to travel on Highway 17. Between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, the trail runs on roads and highways again, bringing riders dangerously close to fast-moving vehicles.

The man riding for his wife wants to see change. He has called on the government to make changes, so minimum standards can be put into place for the trail. He believes that no section of the trail should be motorized, and it should be at least three metres wide to allow for cyclists to take the path safely.

Safety considerations should be in place for cyclists, but they aren't always. As a result, drivers need to be more careful on roads where cyclists may be present. If you're hurt in a situation like this one, your lawyer can give you advice on the steps to take next.

Source: Sudbury.com, "'Unsafe' Trans Canada Trail left his wife dead, now he's fighting for change," July 06, 2016

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