The Toronto Police Service is starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign today:
The campaign begins Monday, June 22, 2009, and concludes on Sunday, June 28, 2009. This one−week Traffic Services initiative is designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling−related injuries.
Traffic Services officers, along with Yvonne Bambrick, Executive Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, will be on hand to support this initiative.
The Toronto Police Service reminds motorists of the dangers of opening car doors in the path of cyclists, and the importance of checking blind spots prior to making right turns. Officers will pay particular attention to those motorists who endanger the lives of cyclists, including vehicles parked in designated bike lanes. Attention will also be paid to cyclists whose aggressive riding puts themselves, pedestrians and motorists at risk.
Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians have a responsibility to share the road equally by driving safely, riding responsibly, and obeying all the rules of the road.
The Toronto Cyclists Union has also issued a media release: http://bikeunion.to/news/2009/06/21/toronto-police-cycling-safety-campaign-june-22-28
If you are stopped, please remember that the police officers is just doing their job enforcing traffic laws. The officer should record the details on the ticket, including the fact that this is cycling related offense.
More information on what to do if you receive a ticket can be found here: http://respect.to/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=LegalInfo.HowToFightTrafficTickets
Highway Traffic Act: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm
List of violations (including local by-laws): http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/pdf/hta.pdf
What do you think of the Safe Cycling Campaign? Should Toronto Police have 1 week out of the year where they concentrate on cyclists riding safely? Should they do it more than once a year?