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Toronto Police and CAA Launch “Watch for Bikes” Campaign

 

This morning, the Toronto Police Service and the South Central Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Automobile Association launched their annual “Watch for Bikes” sticker campaign (PDF):

Watch for Bikes

So far this year in Toronto, 106 cyclists have been involved in car−bike collisions and 40 charges of “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” have been laid. In 2010, there were approximately 1,290 car−bike collisions in Toronto.As we enter the mid−point of Bike Month, Traffic Services, and its community partner CAA
South Central Ontario, would like to continue to promote safety between vehicles and
bicycles, with the “Watch for Bikes” sticker safety campaign.

This program basically allows drivers to pick up stickers they can put on their rearview mirrors to remind themselves to look for cyclists before swinging open their doors.

In past years, you could pick up stickers at your local bike stores, CAA Offices, Police Stations, and Community, Recreation, or Civic Centres.  Does that hold true this year?  Not sure yet.

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CAA Introduces “Bike Assist” for Ontario Cyclists

CAA Bike Assist

This is by far the best idea I’ve heard in a long time… and was actually searching the CAA site a few months ago looking for something like this.

caa-bike-assist-logoThe Canadian Automobile Association of South Central Ontario is starting a service called “Bike Assist“, which provides assistance to CAA members when they are out on their bikes:

As Ontarians make a shift towards a greener lifestyle and with more and more commuters using their bikes as their main vehicle for transportation during the summer months, we’re introducing CAA Bike Assist, roadside assistance for your bike. If you run into a problem that cannot be fixed on the spot, CAA will tow you and your bike to wherever* you need to go. It’s available as part of your membership 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Members will not have to pay extra to be eligible for Bike Assist as it will now be a new permanent benefit for existing Members!

This is obviously excellent for CAA members who also bike (remember, not all cyclists are crazy cycling extremists – I’d say most cyclists in Toronto are also drivers, pedestrians and transit users), but also people who don’t own cars.

The basic CAA membership will run you $72 per year, or $6 per month.  With that, you get 24/7 roadside assistance and up to 4 “tows” of up to 10 km.

If you do a lot of touring and what extra kilometres, $113 per year with CAA Plus gets you 4 “tows” of up to 200 km.

What do you think?  Would you use this service?

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