Cyclists and motorists take a lot of flack from each other for bending the rules of the road. But even the police will tell you that it’s pretty much impossible not to break the law. With bike month around the corner, we learned what it’s like to try to follow every single rule. read full [...]
Via Treehugger Few posts that I have written brought out so many commenters, so much debate, as my question, Should Cyclists be Allowed to Blow Go Through Stop Signs? and Why Cyclists Blow Through Stop Signs: It’s Physics. In both, I make the case that stop signs exist primarily as a form of speed control for cars rather than a [...]
Bicycle helmets may prevent head injuries, but a newly published study has found there’s no evidence that mandatory helmet laws do the same thing. “It is a bit counterintuitive that we don’t see an effect of helmet laws on head injuries,” said University of Toronto researcher Jessica Dennis, whose work was published Tuesday in the [...]
The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates that an average of six pedestrians are hit each day in Toronto, a city that also has the highest number of cyclist collisions in the country. Automobile drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are all at risk of injury when navigating Toronto streets but many don’t think ahead about how to [...]
Vancouver’s Velo Vision: Safe Biking for All Ages from Streetfilms on Vimeo. Great video from Streetfilms about biking on our west coast.
Haven’t been on a bicycle since you were 9? Hoping to brush up on your skills? Join us and Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon at Main Library on Monday, October 22nd from 6:30 – 8:15pm for our interactive Street Smarts Workshop. We’ll cover the many reasons to ride, address the obstacles to riding, review safe [...]
One of the most ambitious studies of bicycle injuries ever conducted in Canada has reach a conclusion that won’t surprise anyone who rides to work: It is far safer to travel on a physically separated bike lane than on busy city streets. The research, led by Prof. Kay Teschke of the University of British Columbia’s [...]
Via CycleToronto: The issue of what to do regarding removing or paving over the decommissioned streetcar tracks on Wychwood Ave (following a recent cycling death there) will be discussed at the upcoming Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) meeting this Wednesday September 12th. A motion requests that City staff explore improvements to both decommissioned streetcar tracks [...]
A couple weeks ago, the Chief Coroner released a report titled “Cycling Death Review: A Review of All Accidental Cycling Deaths in Ontario from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010″ and made recommendations to make our streets safer. They were, among others: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach in community planning Development of an Ontario Cycling [...]
Cycle Toronto says city data shows Jarvis safer for everyone with a bike lane [OpenFile] While the Toronto Cyclist’s Union Cycle Toronto’s effort to force the city to conduct a time-consuming environmental assessment before removing the Jarvis bike lanes continues, it’s published city collision data showing changes from the period before the bike lane was put in, and [...]
Cyclist’s death prompts call for mandatory truck side guards [The Star] The NDP is calling for mandatory side guards on heavy trucks after the death of cyclist Jenna Morrison last week. Toronto MP Olivia Chow, the opposition transport critic, will introduce a private member’s bill Monday that demands trucks be fitted with the guards that can [...]
This is another case of treating the symptoms rather than the cause of a problem. According to the Star, there are plans to “crack down” on cyclists riding on sidewalks: Cycling on the sidewalk has become “a huge issue” in cities across the province within the last five years. But the laws governing it are [...]
Albert Koehl, an environmental lawyer, cycling advocate and adjunct professor of natural resources law at Osgoode has written a great letter to the Star discussing how fuzzy the purposes of sidewalks and bikelanes are. Thinking about Segways, Motorized Scooters and Wheelchairs, and E-Bikes… what’s allowed on a sidewalk? What’s allowed in a bikelane? What is [...]
The Star has news about a cyclist hit on the Bloor Viaduct: A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car on the Bloor viaduct. The 57-year-old man was cycling east bound towards Broadview Ave., when the vehicle appeared to have veered into the bike lane and struck him just before 5 [...]
On Saturday, Nov. 20th, a group of people in South Riverdale got together to have a look at the safety features (or lack thereof) for pedestrians and cyclists on the stretch of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Queen St. The street will be reconstructed when the TTC builds their new streetcar car barns [...]
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