City, truckers' association discuss cyclist and pedestrian safety

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The city and the province's trucking association are discussing ways to improve safety in the wake of several deaths involving pedestrians, cyclists and heavy vehicles in recent weeks.

The first of several planned meetings took place on Wednesday.

Executive committee member Aref Salem said at the first meeting, there were several safety measures that were brought up.

"We talked about barriers. We talked about cameras. We talked about mirrors," he said, adding it's important to develop a plan thoroughly before it is implemented.

In the meantime, the city is looking at equipping its fleet of heavy vehicles with lateral barriers that would prevent people from slipping under and being crushed by trucks.

The next meeting between Salem and truckers' representatives is due to happen within the next few weeks.

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  1. Dave posted on 05/15/2014 04:18 PM
    There's really little to "discuss" -- most cyclists are clueless about the Highway Code, and should have to be fully tested and licensed, just as car drivers are, before being allowed on any Quebec road.
    1. LMAO posted on 05/16/2014 09:22 AM
      @Dave Totally agree with Dave on this. No other vehicle is allowed to used the road without the operator having passed a government test and have a government issued license to prove they have achieved this.
      Why we continue to hide our heads in the sand with cyclist is beyond me and unfair to them. It's time to license cycles and treat them the same when it comes to traffic infractions (that's not to say they are all bad by any means) but it would go a long way to having better educated cyclist's which will without any doubt reduce the amount of unnecessary death's and injuries that occur each year on our roads.

      Times have changed and with the volume of traffic on our roads today it's time for this to change too or we will continue to hear these sad storied each day.
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