The politics of language and road safety

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Traditionally, the word "accident" is used to describe incidents which result in the death or serious injury of vulnerable road users. Ghost BIkes Montreal has for many years worked to challenge this discourse as it creates a false impression that such incidents are inevitable. The use of the word "accident" erases the many political and social choices which led to the "accident". This workshop will discuss some of the strategies that we have used to challenge this discourse. It will also aim to foster a discussion about other ways in which we can all work together to change the discourse surrounding road safety.




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