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VIDEO: 3 Great Reasons for Cycling gloves

I’m good friends with Michelle Johnston, the founder of Working Well, which aims to create healthy workplace cultures.  She has started a series of Bike Safety How-To Videos on the Working Well YouTube Channel.

The first video was on ensuring your helmet is fitting properly.

Here’s the second – 3 great reasons to wear cycling gloves.

 

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VIDEO: Don’t Be a Jerk – Yield to Pedestrians

From the Big Apple, but totally appropriate here in Toronto too.

Sharing the road isn’t just for cars.  It’s for cyclists too.  Blowing through reds isn’t only like giving a finger to other road users (drivers, pedestrians, other cyclists) but puts pedestrians in danger.

Slow down. This isn’t the Tour de France. Stop and take a breath. Look at the scenery.

Don’t Be a Jerk – Yield to Pedestrians – YouTube.

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VIDEO: The 2-4-1 Method for Bicycle Helmet Safety

I’m good friends with Michelle Johnston, the founder of Working Well, which aims to create healthy workplace cultures.  She has started a series of Bike Safety How-To Videos on the Working Well YouTube Channel.

Here’s the first, on ensuring your helmet is fitting properly.

Stay tuned for more videos from Michelle, and perhaps even a joint video with me AND her talking about biking!

 

 

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

areyouaware (BIST LOGO - May_June 2014)By Ari J. Singer, Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto in June in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.


 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month In Ontario. The overlap between Brain Injury Awareness Month and Toronto Bike Month presents a unique opportunity to share a few important facts and figures with the Biking Toronto community.

Statistics quoted by The Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s areyouaware.ca campaign offer a clear picture of brain injury occurrences among Canadians:

  • The annual incidence of TBI is greater than that of Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer combined
  • 50,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year; more than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of brain injury
  • Traumatic brain injury is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 45

Being involved in an accident with a car while riding a bike is a traumatic event for everyone involved. The driver of the car has insurance, but what about the bike rider?

In Ontario, if a person suffers a catastrophic brain injury the benefits available are crucial to a beneficial recovery.

If the rider is injured in a motor vehicle accident, their own insurance policy can provide benefits. These benefits are called Statutory Accident Benefits. They are no-fault benefits. This means that it doesn’t matter how the accident with the car occurred. They may even cover you if you don’t collide with the car – for example, you had to swerve quickly (which causes you to crash) to avoid being hit by a car.

These benefits are available to anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether a passenger in the car, a pedestrian, or a cyclist. Even if you don’t have your own insurance, these benefits will be available through different insurance companies that depend on the type of accident and the details of the parties involved.

Injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. Although the accident benefits are not perfect, they provide a significant source for income and rehabilitation services that might not otherwise be available.

For more information on Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, please visit areyouaware.ca.

For more information on Statutory Accident Benefits and your rights as a Toronto cyclist, please visit our website or contact Singer Kwinter at 1-866-285-6927

Ride safe!

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Star squash player killed in accident on Wednesday

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One of Canada’s top squash players has died after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto.

Squash Canada confirmed in a release that Ottawa’s Adrian Dudzicki died from injuries sustained in an accident on Wednesday when a vehicle struck him as he rode his bicycle to the National Squash Academy.

Dudzicki, 23, was born in Latina, Italy, and raised in the Ottawa area. He reached a career high ranking of No. 9 in Canada and No. 136 in the world in 2012.

via Star squash player killed in accident while cycling in Toronto – The Globe and Mail.

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