The utility cyclist wrote:thirdcrank wrote:Pebble wrote:The child is the most vulnerable road/path user here so it is the responsibility of the cyclist to avoid collision.
In the spirit of presumed liability we need to be on the side of the most vulnerable until otherwise proved beyond doubt by the more powerful road user. Remember the new hierarchy; Pedestrian -> Cyclist -> Car -> Lorry, and I would put 'toddler' in front of pedestrian....
That's it for me.
Anybody uncomfortable with that analysis might reflect on the usual line taken by the Daily Mail on the subject.
Explain with facts how pedestrians -not toddlers, are more vulnerable than people on bikes when these two parties are in a collision?
Similar vulnerability, but one is brining a lot more momentum to the party. And that the “next differentiator” in terms of the hierarchy.
In a similar way you always “give way to those downhill” when skiing/snowboarding - ie it is always the faster skiers responsibility to avoid a collision with a slower skier.