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UPDATE: Toronto streets a job hazard, ex-courier says

Interesting update from the Star, which addresses my concerns about the City not employing cyclists:

  • Law backs cyclist’s quest for safe roads

    A former bike courier’s bid to take the city before the Ontario Labour Board – claiming Toronto streets constitute an unsafe workplace for people who bike on the job – has merit, says a personal injury lawyer.

    Patrick Brown said Wayne Scott’s “novel” legal action is about an individual trying to hold the city responsible for providing safe roads.

    Scott claims the city has failed to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires employers to take reasonable precautions to protect their workers. As many as 500 police officers are on bike patrol on any given day, and about 30 Emergency Medical Services paramedics use bikes.

    Brown, who has acted on behalf of many cyclists injured on city streets, and for the families of those killed, says there is legal precedent in Ontario compelling municipalities to ensure their streets are safe for bikes and pedestrians. The Ontario appeals court ruled in a 2008 case involving a Halton cyclist who was killed that municipalities must ensure roads are in a proper state of repair to provide safe passage.

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