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Results of Toronto Police’s Bicycle Campaign

We told you Monday of a short Bicycle and Pedestrian safety campaign Toronto Police were doing.  It ended yesterday and the TPS have released the results (PDF):

During the campaign, the following H.T.A. offences notices were issued [to 250 cyclists and pedestrians]:

  • Improper bicycle lighting: 32
  • Improper brakes on bicycle: 4
  • No−horn, bicycle: 84
  • Cyclist ride in crossover: 1
  • Cyclist fail to stop for police: 7
  • Bicycle − unable to keep both hands on handle bars: 1
  • Bicycle with 62cm wheels ride on sidewalk: 27
  • Disobey red light and stop sign: 211
  • Pedestrian fail to use crosswalk: 28
  • Pedestrian disobey red light: 8
  • Pedestrian disobey “don’t walk” signal: 12

Police are reminding cyclists to obey all traffic rules of the road and ensure they have proper
bicycle equipment. All pedestrians must make use of proper crosswalks and not cross the
road mid−block.

As we mentioned on Monday… if you are stopped during one of these campaigns, and as long as you are a safe cyclist with the proper equipment (bell, lights, etc) you don’t have anything to worry about.

  • Meredi

    Joe, any idea what improper brakes would be??

  • Two things spring to mind…

    1) brakes that don’t work (ie. the cyclist has trouble stopping for the police when waved over)

    2) fixed gear bikes often don’t have brakes in a conventional sense (the cyclists stops with their own leg power).

  • twowheelsarebetterthannone

    Fixed gear riders use the force of their legs on the pedal as the braking system, because the law requiring proper brakes is pretty much across the board in North America as far as I know. The law (AFAIK) doesn’t state caliper or cantilever brakes specifically.

  • twowheelsarebetterthannone

    My post (above) isn’t finished; I hit Submit early.

    This is the Ontario law regarding brakes:
    HTA 64 – Brakes – a bike must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you put on the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement.

    This is probably how back-pedal brake systems are legal and so I would think fixed gear is legal too. With so many people using them in North America, I’ve never heard personally of someone being ticketed

  • twowheelsarebetterthannone

    I hate the stop sign thing. It’s the law so I won’t get mad for them enforcing what’s a law, but they need to adapt and make it yield for bikes.

  • I find the best policy with stop signs is to treat them the same way that car drivers do:

    Slow down a lot and check for other traffic. If the way is clear, proceed… if not, stop.

    Stake out any residential stop sign and you’ll see a very low % of cars coming to a “full and complete stop”.

  • Fixed gear bikes cannot be stopped with a ‘skid on dry, level pavement’.

    The inertia of the bike (Mass X Velocity) moves the pedals though a gearing ratio; I haven’t done the math, but the weight, speed & ratios involved tell me intuitively that the foot pounds of force required to produce a complete stop of the back wheel would likely break the cranks (and your ankles before that).

    Fixed gear bikes therefore are illegal on Ontario roads.

    There IS a way to stop fixed gear bikes quickly – bail.


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