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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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How to Bike Through a Toronto Winter

Great how-to from Torontoist on biking in the winter, and I’m obviously adding this link to our How-To Page.

Winter is on the way, meaning soon you’ll have no choice but to stop riding your bike and start spending a bunch of money on TTC fare.

Or, you know, you could not do that.

If you’ve never biked through a winter before, now is as good a time as any to try. If you’re prepared for it, it’s really no worse than any other form of being outdoors in Toronto during cold weather.

Full Article: How to Ride Your Bike Through a Toronto Winter | culture | Torontoist.

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How To Hold Drivers Accountable

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A fantastic article about two very different philosophies when someone is is killed on a bicycle.

The driver who hit Burgess Hu never saw him.

She was making a right turn, and the police assume she was looking left. In other words, she wasn’t looking where she was going.

As he biked into the driveway of Excelsior Middle School in Byron, California, 12-year-old Burgess was knocked down and dragged some 60 feet before the driver came to a stop. He never made it to school that day. Instead, as the school day began, Burgess lay dead under the wheels of the black GMC Yukon.

In this country, “I didn’t see the cyclist” is the negligent driver’s universal get-out-of-jail free card. It shouldn’t be. If you say you were driving and didn’t see somebody, it’s almost always because you weren’t paying attention. Maybe you were reaching for something in the front seat, or maybe even the back seat. Maybe you were daydreaming. And then suddenly, there’s a cyclist who “came out of nowhere,” smashing into your car.

This is a MUST READ.  Please click through below.

Full article:  There’s Another Way | Road Rights | Bicycling.com.

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Ghost bike left on Spadina for Carla Warrilow

Carla WarrilowI have no words.  I blame anyone against bikelanes, anywhere.  Anyone who doesn’t think people should be safe no matter what mode of transportation they use is an awful person.

The group had gathered at Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W. to chain a white “ghost bike” to a lamppost as a memorial to 25-year-old Carla Warrilow, who became the third cyclist killed on Toronto’s streets this year.

Warrilow was struck and dragged beneath a truck on Oct. 16. It took paramedics 15 minutes to free her. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital last week.

Her mourners biked in a pack down Spadina and stopped to wrap lace around the lamppost at the spot where she was struck. They decorated the ghost bike with flowers and notes. Barely a metre away is a mark on the pavement where a bike lane used to be.

Full Story: Ghost bike left on Spadina for cyclist killed by truck | Toronto Star.

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Ontario coroner calls for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no

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Dear Ottawa: If the Ontario Coroner is calling for truck sideguards, there IS enough evidence that they save lives.  The Ontario Coroner uses evidence-based decision making.

Ontario’s coroner renewed calls for mandatory side guards on trucks Wednesday, hours after a 25-year-old woman was crushed almost to death beneath the wheels of a truck in downtown Toronto.But the federal government has no plans to change the rules: Not enough evidence this would save lives, Transport Canada says.

It isn’t yet clear how the cyclist collided with, and was subsequently caught and dragged by, the truck near the corner of Dundas and Spadina. She was trapped for several minutes before paramedics could free her and rush her to hospital; she sustained serious lower-body injuries.

Full Story: Toronto cyclist accident: Ontario coroner calls again for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no | Globalnews.ca.

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