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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.

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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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