The death of an 88-year-old woman, struck by an Edmonton Transit bus, may have been due to the bus’ blind spot.
This according to the Amalgamated Transit Union International, who say the huge blind spot in North American buses can obstruct a wide area, and it’s easy for pedestrians to track into that spot as a bus is turning.
ATU’s Brian Sherlock said part of the problem is North American buses are designed to be as cheap as possible. That’s good for taxpayers, but not pedestrians.
“Cheap fibreglass construction, and poorly chosen mirrors, poorly chosen side windows, result in an enormous obstruction,” said Sherlock.
Sherlock said he approached a bus designer to find out how they could go about fixing the problems, and it turned out to be very easy.
“270 dollars, at his cost, in manufacturing, to eliminate the blind spot, meaning it’s narrower than the space between your eyes, one eye or the other sees every angle,” said Sherlock. “It ammounted to trimming out surplus fibreglass, getting rid of those rubber seals, and moving the mirror to a safe spot. It’s trivial.”
According to the ATU, one person is hit by a bus every 10 days in North America. (scb)