I automatically ducked to my left as a motorcyclist leaned so far over while taking the sharp right on the main road near Marama Ave, I thought he was going to hit me. I had just enough time to register he was riding one of those high handle-bar affairs, was wearing jandals, and had a bare chest. My mind turned instantly to the mess he would make if he misjudged the next turn or met a driver closer to the centreline of a bend. I shuddered.
Today, I read this. "Family shattered after top boss killed in Ducati smash".
Chris Heilbronn sounds like he was a responsible motorcyclist and the accident wasn’t his fault. It's a sad fact that motor cyclists are the most ‘at risk’ road users. They head the road death statistics. Lack of proper clothing (footware, leathers and crash helmets) contribute greatly to the horrific injuries they receive if they are lucky enough to survive an accident.
That’s all really. No strident calls for more legislation to save people from themselves. No calls for campaigns to encourage motor cyclists to wear safer clothing. No berating of bad drivers who should take more care. Just a great sadness at the thought of another grieving family and that accidents should not happen, but always will.