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HOW TO: One Simple Tip That Could Save a Cyclist’s Life

Checking for cyclists should be a routine and heavily emphasized part of driver education, especially now that many more cities are encouraging cycling and installing painted bike lanes, which often put cyclists right in the door zone unless they are riding at the lane’s far edge. Using your mirrors and also turning to look over your shoulder are the best way to do it – just the way you avoid crashing when changing lanes in traffic.

Read More: One Simple Tip That Could Save a Cyclist’s Life – CityLab.

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ELSEWHERE: Oregon Study Finds 94 Percent of Cyclists Stop at Red Lights

Contrary to lawless cyclist mythos, a study finds that nearly all cyclists in four Oregon cities stop for red lights.

Meanwhile, according to Michael Andersen at Bike Portland, unrelated research suggests that “speeding in a car on local streets is at least six times more common than running a red light on a bike.”

via Oregon Study Finds 94 Percent of Cyclists Stop at Red Lights | Streetsblog.net.

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SAFETY: Your Best Defence

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Guest Post by Ari J. SingerSinger Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto in June in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.


 

Bike riders are especially vulnerable on the roads; no bike rider is going to win in an accident with a motor vehicle. The best defence is to do whatever is possible to avoid a collision. Some common safety gear includes: a helmet with reflective technology, reflective tape on multiple parts of the bike, a rear light, a front light, and reflective clothing.

One of the things we learn as personal injury lawyers is that despite the best precautions, a person can be involved in an accident through no fault of their own. But that doesn’t mean that precautions shouldn’t be taken! Rather, if the proper safety gear is used, accidents can be avoided and injuries reduced.

Despite the best precautions, accidents do occur. When that happens, a rider might need extensive medical and rehabilitation help. In our system, if a person is involved in an “accident” with a motor vehicle, they are entitled to no-fault benefits. These benefits include income replacement and medical/rehabilitation benefits that are not otherwise covered by OHIP.

An interesting example of an “accident” is where a bike rider swerves or falls down specifically to avoid being hit by a car. Even if the bike was not struck by the vehicle, the rider may still be entitled to benefits. As a result of a complicated regime, anytime a bike rider is injured, they should contact a lawyer to ensure their rights are protected.

For more information on Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, please click here.

For more information on Statutory Accident Benefits and your rights as a Toronto cyclist, please visit our website or contact Singer Kwinter at 1.866.285.6927.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular

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In the past few years, U.S. cities have come a long way to make sure bicyclists are safe on the road, but even protected bike lanes have an achilles heel: the intersection. Most protected bike lanes—lanes that have a physical barrier between bicyclists and drivers—end just before the intersection, leaving bicyclists and pedestrians vulnerable to turning vehicles. Nick Falbo, an urban planner and designer from Portland (one of the most bike friendly cities in the nation), is proposing a new protected intersection design that would make intersections safer and less stressful than they are today. Falbo’s design is taken from the Dutch way of doing things. The bike community has already been building protected intersections into their bike lanes for years. Falbo’s adapted design has four main components.

More: A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular | Autopia | WIRED.

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VIDEO: Do you know the ABCD Quick Check?

I’m good friends with Michelle Johnston, a certified CAN-Bike instructor and the founder of Working Well, which aims to create healthy workplace cultures.  She has started a series of Bike Safety How-To Videos on the Working Well YouTube Channel.

She’s back with a 3rd video and blog post on a quick way to do a safety check on your bicycle.

View her other videos too!

 

Check out the blog post here.

 

 

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