Let's do something to end the cycle of heavy hearts
THE number of Queenslanders killed in crashes involving heavy vehicles has almost doubled since last year, and devoted Brisbane father Ryan Goff is the latest human face of this horror road toll.
Mr Goff was super excited when he left work early on a Friday afternoon and hopped on his bike to pick up his kids from school.
Tragically, he never made it to the school gates.
“Ryan had years of experience as a road cyclist – his death was a direct consequence of deadly infrastructure design and a truck that was poorly equipped to prevent him from being killed," Bicycle Queensland chief executive Anne Savage said.
“The road had no bike lane, no bicycle safety box, a hard kerb and a 90-degree corner.
“The truck was a flat-bed semi-trailer with no side underrun protection, limited side and peripheral vision, and no warning technology to mitigate blind-spot risks.
“He simply didn’t stand a chance.”
Full copy in comments. Thank you to the journalist, Jackie Sinnerton, and Greg Hallam, for giving Ryan's story the respect it deserves.