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VIDEO: The 2-4-1 Method for Bicycle Helmet Safety

I’m good friends with Michelle Johnston, 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.

Here’s the first, on ensuring your helmet is fitting properly.

Stay tuned for more videos from Michelle, and perhaps even a joint video with me AND her talking about biking!

 

 

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

areyouaware (BIST LOGO - May_June 2014)By Ari J. Singer, Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers

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


 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month In Ontario. The overlap between Brain Injury Awareness Month and Toronto Bike Month presents a unique opportunity to share a few important facts and figures with the Biking Toronto community.

Statistics quoted by The Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s areyouaware.ca campaign offer a clear picture of brain injury occurrences among Canadians:

  • The annual incidence of TBI is greater than that of Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer combined
  • 50,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year; more than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of brain injury
  • Traumatic brain injury is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 45

Being involved in an accident with a car while riding a bike is a traumatic event for everyone involved. The driver of the car has insurance, but what about the bike rider?

In Ontario, if a person suffers a catastrophic brain injury the benefits available are crucial to a beneficial recovery.

If the rider is injured in a motor vehicle accident, their own insurance policy can provide benefits. These benefits are called Statutory Accident Benefits. They are no-fault benefits. This means that it doesn’t matter how the accident with the car occurred. They may even cover you if you don’t collide with the car – for example, you had to swerve quickly (which causes you to crash) to avoid being hit by a car.

These benefits are available to anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether a passenger in the car, a pedestrian, or a cyclist. Even if you don’t have your own insurance, these benefits will be available through different insurance companies that depend on the type of accident and the details of the parties involved.

Injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. Although the accident benefits are not perfect, they provide a significant source for income and rehabilitation services that might not otherwise be available.

For more information on Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, please visit areyouaware.ca.

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

Ride safe!

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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 born in Latina, Italy, and raised in the Ottawa area. He reached a career high ranking of No. 9 in Canada and No. 136 in the world in 2012.

via Star squash player killed in accident while cycling in Toronto – The Globe and Mail.

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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 you’ve never biked through a winter before, now is as good a time as any to try. If you’re prepared for it, it’s really no worse than any other form of being outdoors in Toronto during cold weather.

Full Article: How to Ride Your Bike Through a Toronto Winter | culture | Torontoist.

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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 of Excelsior Middle School in Byron, California, 12-year-old Burgess was knocked down and dragged some 60 feet before the driver came to a stop. He never made it to school that day. Instead, as the school day began, Burgess lay dead under the wheels of the black GMC Yukon.

In this country, “I didn’t see the cyclist” is the negligent driver’s universal get-out-of-jail free card. It shouldn’t be. If you say you were driving and didn’t see somebody, it’s almost always because you weren’t paying attention. Maybe you were reaching for something in the front seat, or maybe even the back seat. Maybe you were daydreaming. And then suddenly, there’s a cyclist who “came out of nowhere,” smashing into your car.

This is a MUST READ.  Please click through below.

Full article:  There’s Another Way | Road Rights | Bicycling.com.

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