victor wrote:rgcrgc wrote:weg wrote:... the obese, diabetic, smoking non-riders at the party bring up James Gould.
Jebus that p!sses me off! I've had that raised a few times in the past couple of years. I've now adopted the tactic of asking them to name all the cyclists killed since 2006. It's not clever but it brings a bit of perspective to the proceedings.
James Gould is only 1 person, so relatively easy for people to recall, whereas you'd have a tough time trying to recall the names of the 50 or more cyclists and I don't know how many pedestrians killed since James Gould's death. If anyone mentioned James Gould's death to me, that would probably be my response: "can you remember all these other names, too?".
At the time of James Gould's death one media outlet (Fairfax I think but it doesn't really matter) went looking for similar incidents. The only story they found related to a crash which had happened seven years previously. Over the same seven year period (or as much of it as was available) according to the Vic Roads Crash Stats database, there was an average of one pedestrian per week killed by a motor vehicle.
One by bike every seven years, one by car every seven days. It's no wonder we don't remember the car victims' names and become immune to that tragedy.