Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter

Toronto endangering cyclists with bollards

Okay, this is a little insane.  The city has bollards in the middle of cycling paths painted in dark colours and it takes a cyclist ramming into it in the dark for the city to go out and paint it yellow.

Bike lights are great for being visible, but unless you shell out a lot of money, they do not illuminate things well – so if the city is going to put large metal objects in the middle of a recreational trail, the absolute minimum should be that they be painted white or yellow and have some reflective paint and/or tape on them.  Ideally, a solar-powered light that comes on at night on the top would be fantastic, or a light in the area so the bollard can be seen?

The Rosehill Reservoir, near St. Clair Ave. and Yonge St., has a paved recreational trail that runs south from Avoca Ave. and is wide enough to be used by pedestrians and cyclists.A metre-high metal post sits in the middle of the path, along with a bollard, to keep vehicles from driving on it.There’s plenty of room on each side of the post for cyclists to safely pass, but it’s a deadly obstacle if a bike rider doesn’t see it.

Full story: In collisions with metal posts, cyclists always lose: The Fixer | Toronto Star.

Upcoming Events on the BikeEvents.TO calendar

Sign up for the Biking Toronto Newsletter

Don't have time to check for blog posts here? Get new blog posts in your email! One email per day, max!






Popular Posts Today

  • STUFF: Cleverhood: cycling in the rain and in style
  • NEWS: Ontario’s paradigm shift in cycling policy
  • NEWS: Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton Approved by Public Works
  • EVENT: Sat. April 19 - Red Bull "Race the Place" hits Ontario Place!
  • INFRASTRUCTURE: The top 5 bike trails in Toronto
  • EVENT: RedBull Race The Place ... Mystery
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: More Bixi, More Bikes!
  • OH YEAH: Bike myths debunked



  • Popular Posts This Month

  • Bikelane Map
  • EVENT: Sat. April 19 - Red Bull "Race the Place" hits Ontario Place!
  • NEWS: Separated Bike Lanes are coming to Eglinton!
  • BlogTO compiles the Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto
  • Celebrate Spring I Bike T.O. Shirt Sale!
  • EVENT: RedBull Race The Place ... Mystery
  • NEWS: Bixi gets new name, operator, prices
  • NEWS: Province commits $25 million for cycling lanes