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Star squash player killed in accident on Wednesday

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One of Canada’s top squash players has died after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto. Squash Canada confirmed in a release that Ottawa’s Adrian Dudzicki died from injuries sustained in an accident on Wednesday when a vehicle struck him as he rode his bicycle to the National Squash Academy. Dudzicki, 23, was […]

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How to Bike Through a Toronto Winter

Great how-to from Torontoist on biking in the winter, and I’m obviously adding this link to our How-To Page. Winter is on the way, meaning soon you’ll have no choice but to stop riding your bike and start spending a bunch of money on TTC fare. Or, you know, you could not do that. If […]

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How To Hold Drivers Accountable

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A fantastic article about two very different philosophies when someone is is killed on a bicycle. The driver who hit Burgess Hu never saw him. She was making a right turn, and the police assume she was looking left. In other words, she wasn’t looking where she was going. As he biked into the driveway […]

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Ghost bike left on Spadina for Carla Warrilow

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I have no words.  I blame anyone against bikelanes, anywhere.  Anyone who doesn’t think people should be safe no matter what mode of transportation they use is an awful person. The group had gathered at Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W. to chain a white “ghost bike” to a lamppost as a memorial to 25-year-old […]

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Cyclist struck on Spadina Avenue dies in hospital

Sickening.  Keep her family in your thoughts, and continue to push for safer cycling infrastructure and side-guards on trucks. A 25-year-old woman struck by a vehicle on Spadina Avenue last week has died in hospital. Police say that the woman was struck by a vehicle towing a trailer while she cycled along Spadina Avenue near […]

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Ontario coroner calls for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no

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Dear Ottawa: If the Ontario Coroner is calling for truck sideguards, there IS enough evidence that they save lives.  The Ontario Coroner uses evidence-based decision making. Ontario’s coroner renewed calls for mandatory side guards on trucks Wednesday, hours after a 25-year-old woman was crushed almost to death beneath the wheels of a truck in downtown […]

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Truck side guards should be mandatory: Olivia Chow

The NDP transportation critic has renewed her calls for the federal government to implement a private members bill she introduced in the House of Commons to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada. It follows the deaths of several cyclists who died beneath the wheels of big trucks in Toronto and elsewhere. Cambridge, […]

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City Council pursuing new safety measures for bike commuters

This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.  Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here).  Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership. City Council has […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Toronto endangering cyclists with bollards

Okay, this is a little insane.  The city has bollards in the middle of cycling paths painted in dark colours and it takes a cyclist ramming into it in the dark for the city to go out and paint it yellow. Bike lights are great for being visible, but unless you shell out a lot […]

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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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Only 6% of Cyclists go through red lights

Great report from BikePortland on a study about how many cyclists are going through red lights.  What can be done to address the 6% who still go through red lights? Going through a red light is not only disrespectful to the safety of other road users, but is a breach of the social contract.  Red […]

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How should we deal with law-breaking cyclists?

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The Star has a tough article to pigeonhole today – it starts off all “linkbait-ish”, with a title designed to play to the (wrong) self-righteousness of drivers who feel that any transgression by a cyclist is justification for road rage.  A cyclist rolls slowly through a stop sign?  Let’s yell at/ticket/license them!!  Let’s ignore that […]

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Ten motorist bonehead moves

We call out careless car drivers for the things they do that make cyclists’ daily commutes that much more treacherous. Given the prohibitive expense of operating a car in Toronto, you’d think drivers would be crazy-cautious and studiously focussed on the task at hand to avoid anything that might involve either a mechanic or an […]

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