After recent cyclist-versus-truck deaths in both Ottawa and Montreal, plus a call from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the federal government is once again studying side guards which fill the gaps in a truck’s wheelbase. A new task force created by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators will even study technologies like cameras and sensors to see if they offer a better way to protect two-wheelers.
There’s renewed interest in mandating sideguards for trucks, and just as much disagreement as ever over their efficacy. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that half of all cyclists killed by a truck first impact the blind side of the vehicle, as collisions typically occur when the truck does a right-hand turn at an intersection. The issue goes much deeper than that, of course, and involves more than just heavy trucks. Toronto Police statistics show that 541 cyclists have been hit by cars since June 2016. That’s nearly 10 collisions per day.