Thou shalt not door cyclists

Yesterday morning, on the same day that the Vatican issued its “10 Commandments for Good Motorists” in a 36-page document called Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road, a fellow Montreal blogger got doored by a pickup truck.

Not only did the Tinman get doored, he went down in a heap and then another car ran over his bicycle and his leg. He’s full of cuts and bruises but fortunately no bones were broken.

The Pope’s driving commandments are:

  1. You shall not kill.
  2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
  3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
  4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
  5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
  6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
  7. Support the families of accident victims.
  8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
  9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
  10. Feel responsible toward others.

While there is no specific anti-dooring commandment, I think numbers 2, 9, and 10 pretty much cover it.

I consider myself lucky that I’ve never been doored, although I’ve come close a few times. To my shame, I admit I almost did the dooring once, a long time ago, when I was distracted and not thinking as I got out of my car. Since then I am extra prudent when I’m on either side of the equation.

In the mean time, thank (insert mystical figure of your choice) the Tinman isn’t more seriously injured.

Zeke’s Gallery Blog has Gone Dark

Zeke’s Gallery Blog has gone dark as a result of the ridiculous “scandal” that has plagued him for the past few months. (If you’re not up on the issue, Fagstein provides an excellent chronological breakdown.) I spoke with Chris today and he assured me that the darkness of his blog is self-imposed, on the advice of his lawyer. The move is temporary, and he expects to be back online after the smoke clears.

I wish I had something new to add to the story but it’s been pretty well covered already (and nicely digested by Fagstein). Chris has another hearing on Thursday (June 21/07) at the Montreal Palais de Justice, in room 2.16 (file number 24) beginning at 9:00 AM.