The cyclist, a 60-year old man, was killed instantly when he was hit by a truck on Monday. Police arrested the truck driver on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death, as reported by SCMP.
The last road fatality in Hong Kong happened on January 24 when a 38-year-old was knocked down by a bus on Tat Tung Road in Tung Chung. He was later certified dead in North Lantau Hospital.
These two recent tragedies are a constant reminder that HK roads are not safe for cyclists and the Police urges bike riders and motorists to be extremely careful.
“Initial investigation showed the truck’s left rear wheel ran over the cyclist,” a source with the knowledge of the investigation said. “The victim, suffering multiple injuries, was declared dead by paramedics at the scene.” This was reported by SCMP yesterday.
Police appealed for anyone with information on this latest accident to contact officers on 2305 7500 or 2305 7570. Officers from the Kowloon East traffic division are investigating.
As SCMP reports: “Police figures show 123 people died in 118 fatal road accidents last year, compared with 100 victims in 99 fatal accidents in 2014. There were 120 people killed in 116 traffic accidents in 2013.”
10 tips for motorists (with regards to cyclists)
Cyclists are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists. Expect cyclists on the road. Watch for cyclists on the road. Treat them as you would any slow-moving vehicle.
Patience, especially on the road, is a virtue, and can save lives.
Your patience may involve:
Never engage in conduct that harasses or endangers a cyclist. Above all: Be tolerant. Be understanding. Be careful.
Do not pass a cyclist until you can see that you can safely do so. You should allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle and make sure you do not place the cyclist in danger. If you pass too closely the drag from your car can pull a cyclist off course and cause the rider to swerve out of control.
Watch out for cyclists when you are turning right. A bicyclist may well be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of the bicyclist thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. The cyclist may be going faster than you think and, as you slow to make the turn, the cyclist may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.
Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are crossing straight through the same intersection in the opposite direction may be going faster than you realise. It is particularly dangerous on a descending slope, when cyclists pick up more speed.
Bicycles, and the people who drive them, come in all shapes and sizes. When backing out of your driveway always look to see if someone is riding in your path. Children on small bikes might be hard to see. Drive slowly and look carefully.
After parallel parking, make sure the coast is clear for opening the car door to exit. Make sure there are no cyclists riding alongside your car or fast approaching. By using the rear view mirrors and by turning around, a driver can spot an approaching cyclist and circumvent a disaster. A cyclist cannot anticipate when a driver will open a door, but a driver can easily detect a cyclist who may be in the line of danger.
Cyclists have a rightful spot on the road. Cyclists also positively impact the environment with each revolution of their wheels by opting to ride rather than drive. Do not resent cyclists. Replace frustration with a smile every time to see a cyclist.
Do not to honk unnecessarily at cyclists. If the need does arise to honk your horn to alert a cyclist that you are about pass, do so at a respectable distance. If you are too close, the noise itself can cause a cyclist to lose his or her bearings and create a hazardous situation for both you and the cyclist.
If you can’t beat them, join them. Ride a bike. It may just change your life. Riding is good for you and good for your environment. At the very least, it will give you a better appreciation for the problems cyclists face everyday on the road with respect to motorists.
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