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Cyclist almost hit by police chief’s vehicle

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I know Meghan. She would not make this up.

A Toronto cyclist alleges she was almost hit by Police Chief Bill Blair’s SUV after it swerved into a bike lane.

Meghan Orlinski was biking to class at Ryerson University Wednesday around 12 p.m. When she crossed the intersection at University Avenue and College Street and noticed a large black SUV encroaching on the bike lane.

Orlinski says she was twice forced to swerve when the large vehicle veered into the bike lane.

Full Story: Cyclist claims she was almost hit by police chief’s vehicle – Toronto | Globalnews.ca.

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“Doored” Toronto cop wants police to track incidents

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When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest.

Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes.

On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto Police Services Board, arguing against the force’s policy.

“I believe these incidents should be tracked,” he wrote. “They are a very serious threat to all cyclists.”

Toronto police stopped tracking dooring in 2012 after the provincial government redefined “collisions” as involving vehicles in motion.

Read more: Toronto cop who was ‘doored’ on duty wants police to track incidents

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New “Doored!” website tracks Toronto “door prizes”

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When it came out that Toronto Police weren’t tracking “dooring” incidents, one Toronto man and coder decided he’d build a system to allow everyone to submit dooring incidents.

Check out Doored!.

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Bicyclist charged in Mississauga senior’s death

So… yes.. this is good. Failing to remain at the scene of an accident is awful and I’m glad this person was charged. BUT.. this happens SO MANY times to cyclists.  Cars clip them and then just drive away, leaving the cyclists hurt and bleeding in the street.  Even when license plate numbers are recorded and cops track down the drivers… we still don’t ever hear of drivers being charged.

Shui-Fen Chan, 71, was found lying on the sidewalk near Burnhamthorpe Road West and Central Parkway West on June 12.She later died in hospital. Police said she had sustained trauma to her head.A white baseball cap with the letter “B” on it and a bicycle were located a short distance away from where she was found.Michael Kowal, 52, was arrested and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.

via Bicyclist charged in Mississauga senior’s death | CityNews.

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What pedestrians, cyclists and drivers need to know about being in an accident in Toronto

The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates that an average of six pedestrians are hit each day in Toronto, a city that also has the highest number of cyclist collisions in the country. Automobile drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are all at risk of injury when navigating Toronto streets but many don’t think ahead about how to protect themselves legally.

Read the full post: “What pedestrians, cyclists and drivers need to know about being in an accident in Toronto” on dandyhorse magazine.

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