A cyclist is in hospital with serious head and upper body injuries after a collision involving a police cruiser in Scarborough.
The collision happened after midnight along Kennedy Road near Merrian Road.
Victim blaming has to end.
That’s the message from a group of cycling and pedestrian advocates asking for a meeting with Toronto police to discuss the way officers report on fatal collisions.
The meeting was requested by Bike Law Canada founder Patrick Brown after what he and others — including Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto — consider a series of recent missteps by police.
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City council has agreed to inject more money into a plan to protect cyclists and pedestrians from traffic collisions.
In unanimous decision Thursday, councillors endorsed the city’s new road-safety strategy and a budget of $80.3 million over five years, up from the $68.1 million transportation staff originally proposed when they released the plan last month.
The $12.2-million funding boost comes after traffic safety advocates slammed the original version of the plan as too weak. The additional money will allow transportation staff to accelerate implementation of the strategy, as well as to undertake some new safety initiatives and enhance some existing ones.
While not directly about cycling, the safety of our streets is important, and victim-blaming doesn’t solve anything.
Listen, I get it. We don’t want anyone to be distracted when using the roads. However, there is NO WAY you can equate distracted driving, where you could kill someone (or many people) with distracted walking, where if you walk into someone, you and them could get a booboo and may need a band-aid.
Stop the victim blaming.
“There is a fine for texting (while) driving, but there isn’t a fine for texting and walking on a roadway, and I don’t know if members of council have experienced this, but especially downtown when you’re driving and you’ve got a green light or a red light and a pedestrian is in the middle of the roadway texting and won’t move, and it’s just constantly,” she said.
“If you’re texting and driving and texting and walking across an intersection, it’s, in my opinion, the same.”