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Councillor Stintz Wants to Target 5% of Cyclists Who Use Sidewalks

From CBC News:

A Toronto city councillor wants the city to enforce a bylaw barring bicycles from the sidewalks.

Coun. Karen Stintz says there’s already a bylaw on the books, but it’s never enforced.

She says in her midtown ward she hears lots of complaints from pedestrians who are upset they have to battle for the sidewalk with cyclists.

“The bicycles go quite quickly,” said Stintz, adding that this can be dangerous when the pedestrians are seniors or people with strollers.

“It does create an unsafe environment.”

Many Torontonians have complained of near misses and minor collisions on city streets, she said.

Sister Mary Sibbald, a Toronto nun, likes the idea of cracking down.

“They are a menace sometimes on the sidewalk,” she said of sidewalk cyclists. “They come behind you so quietly and so surreptitiously.”

Read the full article: Toronto cyclists get sidewalk warning

According to the most recent Bicycle Count [PDF], only 5% of cyclists counted were using the sidewalk instead of the road.

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