I am an ex-NOTLer and writing in response to the tragic, unnecessary death last week of Zenaida, the Mexican migrant worker and mother of two.
Besides the senseless hit-and-run in this instance, it is important to consider that the rural roads of Niagara-on-the-Lake are poorly lit and extremely dark – and especially dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists at night.
Knowing this I would suggest taking some preventive measures that could indeed improve safety for all of us when travelling these treacherous roads in poor visibility conditions.
Farm workers, who often have limited funds, should be supplied with reflective vests and encouraged to wear them.
As an ex-member of Newark Neighbours, I know that organization could well take on this initiative and co-ordinate with farm and winery owners. I believe funds could be available as farms and wineries have generously supported our foreign workers in the past.
Also, from an illuminating point of view, electric, battery-powered or dynamo lights should be mandatory on all bicycles. Dog walkers, also please take heed.
Pictou County, N.S.