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Welcoming a New Supporter: Singer Kwinter

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BikingToronto would like to welcome our newest supporter: Singer Kwinter, a Personal Injury Law Firm.  You’ll be seeing their name at the top of every page this year, as well as in our email newsletter.

Unfortunately, until Toronto has better and safter cycling infrastructure, the roads are going to be dangerous on occasion, and it’s essential that cyclists know their rights on the road.  This is especially true if they have been injured by a motor vehicle.

Please find below a brief introduction to Singer Kwinter and how they may be able to help you.

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Singer Kwinter is proud to support the Biking Toronto community. Our goal is to help riders understand their rights.

Since 1974, Singer Kwinter has been known for its relentless pursuit of justice for those who have sustained a catastrophic personal injury. Our tenacity, thoroughness and thoughtful strategies have built our reputation with the courts, amongst insurers and within the profession as a leader in personal injury law. Named one of Canada’s top personal injury law firms, we have established a solid reputation for securing the full compensation our clients deserve. In the event that an unexpected injury occurs while riding your bicycle, top legal counsel is essential.  Call us at 1-866-285-6927 or visit us online at www.singerkwinter.com.

 

What Happens If You Are Injured While Riding Your Bicycle?

  • If a cyclist suffers an injury while riding a bicycle, the cyclist will only have access to motor vehicle insurance benefits if the injury resulted from an accident involving a motor vehicle.
  • A cyclist who has an accident with a bicycle, without the presence of a motor vehicle will not be entitled to motor vehicle insurance benefits.
  • If an injury is sustained as a result of an accident with a motor vehicle, the injured cyclist should notify his/her own motor vehicle insurer so that he/she can apply for accident benefits.
  • If a cyclist does not have his/her own motor vehicle insurance, the cyclist should notify one of the motor vehicle insurers of the vehicles involved in the accident. Whichever insurer is notified is the one responsible for providing accident benefits to the injured cyclist.
  • If an injured cyclist meets the statutory requirements to bring a civil action against the negligent parties who caused the accident, the cyclist can sue for damages, including pain and suffering, income loss and any expenses not covered through the accident benefits claim.

 Call us at 1-866-285-6927 or visit us online at www.singerkwinter.com.

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2012 Changes for BikingToronto

Photo by 'Xander Labayen of 416CycleStyle

I started making some changes to BikingToronto yesterday.  These are changes I’ve been thinking about for a while.

You’ll notice the following design changes:

1. New title logo. Big. Bright. Simple. Sassy.

2. Less clutter. I cleaned stuff up… something I try to do once a year at least. I try to refocus on what is working/popular on the site and take away stuff that isn’t working or were just nice experiments at the time.

3. More emphasis on “The Feed“, which is BikingToronto’s collection of News and Events, from mostly Toronto, but other cities as well sometimes. These are links I often don’t have time to blog about, but share on the Facebook page and Twitter (@bikingtoronto), and wanted a way to share them on both the main page of BikingToronto as well as on “post pages”.  You’ll see it down the right side of the site.  There’s a link from /film in there now, because I was testing something.

There is also a big change in the features of the site:

4. I’ve taken away the “social” features of the site (ie. member pages, discussion forums, etc). They were not really being used and were an administrative nightmare, not even including the gigantic amount of spam member sign-ups. I thought about this change for a while, but finally felt good about de-activating these features as cycling discussion in Toronto is for the most part taking place on larger social networks. Facebook and Twitter are excellent places for like-minded people to come together, and this includes the bike community.

What all this means for BikingToronto:

Essentially, I’m re-focusing on what the main goal of BikingToronto was from the very beginning (way back in 2006)… namely to make it easy for someone interested in biking in Toronto to find information quickly and easily. Back in 2006 there were some mailing lists and some websites, but I started to try and compile and link to everything so people would not have to search for stuff like I had.

Going forward, BikingToronto will stick to that goal… of making information and news accessible from many sources and via many methods.

The only way to change the world is to work together, not against one another.

Happy biking,

Joe.

 

[Photo by 'Xander Labayen of 416CycleStyle]

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