Bicycles shouldn’t have the same rights on the road as trucks.
Ron Barr, president of the Greater Ottawa Truckers Association, made comments supporting that opinion while being interviewed by CBC News.
“What amazes me is that the bikes have precedence over trucks or vehicles. They have those green boxes right at the front of the light. So what I would like to see is that whatever corners that are used to turn right are dealt with a little bit better,” Barr told Ottawa Morning.
“Because let’s face it: I never believed that a bike should be equal to a truck. The tie goes to the truck every time, so we’ve got to use some provisions to make sure they’re back, and that trucks have the right of way when they’re going to turn right at certain designated corners.”
Barr was responding to a crash between truck driver Steven Conley and cyclist Nusrat Jahan on Laurier Avenue in Downtown Ottawa on September 1. The incident left 23-year-old Jahan dead, with charges laid against Conley. The charges include criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and dangerous driving causing death.
“Without a truck, nothing moves. That’s all,” Barr continued. “[cyclists are] very aggressive to push their cause.”