Cy­clists should carry in­sur­ance

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Road safety

By now many of us have seen the re­cent vi­ral video of the cy­clist run­ning a red light and be­ing struck by a car.

For­tu­nately he was not se­ri­ously in­jured de­spite be­ing tossed in the air like a rag doll. We are told he re­ceived a ticket for run­ning a red light.

But what about the car that hit him? Who pays for the dam­age done to the car which could eas­ily have cost well over $1,000? What if some­one in the car was thrown into the wind­shield and suf­fered per­sonal in­jury? Who pays for the “pain and suf­fer­ing,” in­jury, and pos­si­ble lost wages?

It should not be very ex­pen­sive, but I pro­pose that in ad­di­tion to a bi­cy­cle li­cence, all bi­cy­cle rid­ers must have in­sur­ance. Ev­ery­one. All ages. No ex­cep­tions. Or no bi­cy­cle rid­ing. Ed­ward A. Col­lis, Burling­ton

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