open letter to a bus company

I sent this to Southland Transportation this morning, but all of the school bus operators are equally guilty.

I was nearly hit by a Southland school bus at around 8am this morning, as I was riding my bike on Varsity Drive. I was riding safely and legally in the lane, when bus #1002 passed me in the lane to my left, before swerving into my lane without signalling. The bus missed me by maybe 6 inches, and I was nearly pushed into the lane of parked cars on my right.

I wish this was a rare occurrence, but it happens nearly every day (not the same bus). It seems as though school bus drivers either have no idea how big their buses actually are, or have no concern for the safety of others on the road.

Please ensure that your drivers are properly briefed on safe driving procedures, and that they are reminded NOT to kill bicycle riders through their incompetence or negligence.

Thank you.

2 Replies to “open letter to a bus company”

  1. This bus does sound troublesome, but in fairness there are a few things you and other cyclists could do differently to ensure your safety:

    * cyclists don’t take up much space on the road, and therefor can be hard to see. Maybe if you rode with some sort of shell surrounding you, say 14 feet long, six feet wide.

    * ideally this shell would have to be at least partly made of metal, though an advantage might be features like additional storage for your bike gear, cup holder, etc…

    * this shell would add a fair bit of weight to the bike, so I would suggest adding two more wheels. All this extra material will probably require you to incorporate a gas-powered engine.

    If you are willing to meet Calgary’s admittedly hopped-up school bus drivers half-way, I think we would all feel safer.

    1. Very good point. Perhaps if I also took the step of supporting the local and global economies by somehow burning excessive volumes of petroleum fuel inside the 2-tonne protective bike shell.

      Actually, I’m not sure my bike is properly geared to be able to move 2 tonnes of protective metal. I may need to add an assistive motor to help. Perhaps a surplus V6, maybe turbocharged?

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