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The News Cycle for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

 

A ghost bike for Jenna Morrison [The GridTO]

In the wake of this morning’s public memorial for Jenna Morrison—the cyclist killed last week—we chart the journey of her commemorative ghost bike from the Bike Pirates shop on Bloor to the site of her death at Dundas and Sterling.

If the comprehensive bike lane network recommended in a 1998 coroner’s report (after a spate of cyclists’ deaths) had been built, not only would riders be safer, but we’d all be a lot further down the road, motorists especially, to accepting bikes and bike lanes as part of the transportation network.  Instead, here we are more than a decade later about to embark on another coroner’s inquest into bike deaths, this time a province-wide one announced a couple of weeks back.

Cycling blindspot: how simple truck side panels can save lives [NOW Magazine]

Side guards are designed to stop just this type of accident. Two simple panels are fitted between a truck’s front and rear wheels, ensuring that in a collision, cyclists or pedestrians are thrown clear of the vehicle, not pulled under. Canadian transit authorities say side guards reduce pedestrian fatalities by 20 per cent, and a 1998 Toronto coroner’s report on cycling deaths recommended exploring the idea of making them mandatory.

 

 

[photo from NOW Magazine]

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Coroner to review Ontario cycling deaths

Ontario’s Coroner is planning to look into cycling deaths in Ontario:

On Monday, Ontario’s chief coroner announced that his office will investigate five years’ worth of cycling deaths in the province with the hope of preventing deaths like Carriere’s while also making the roads safer for people like Holtz.

The first ever province-wide review of cycling deaths will examine fatalities from 2006 to 2010, try to identify common factors and make recommendations to prevent future deaths. Coroner’s inquests do not assign blame or make any judicial findings.

A Coroner’s inquest was also completed in 1998 that looked at Toronto cycling fatalities, and brought about such things as new bikelanes in the city.  Another thing that proceeding recommended (that did not come to fruition) were sideguards on large trucks.

 Read more at the Toronto Star.

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