Archive For The “safety” Category

Star squash player killed in accident on Wednesday

By | November 21, 2013

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 [...]

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How to Bike Through a Toronto Winter

By | November 21, 2013

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 [...]

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How To Hold Drivers Accountable

By | October 30, 2013

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 [...]

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Ghost bike left on Spadina for Carla Warrilow

By | October 28, 2013

I have no words.  I blame anyone against bikelanes, anywhere.  Anyone who doesn’t think people should be safe no matter what mode of transportation they use is an awful person. The group had gathered at Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W. to chain a white “ghost bike” to a lamppost as a memorial to 25-year-old [...]

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Cyclist struck on Spadina Avenue dies in hospital

By | October 21, 2013

Sickening.  Keep her family in your thoughts, and continue to push for safer cycling infrastructure and side-guards on trucks. A 25-year-old woman struck by a vehicle on Spadina Avenue last week has died in hospital. Police say that the woman was struck by a vehicle towing a trailer while she cycled along Spadina Avenue near [...]

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Ontario coroner calls for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no

By | October 17, 2013

Dear Ottawa: If the Ontario Coroner is calling for truck sideguards, there IS enough evidence that they save lives.  The Ontario Coroner uses evidence-based decision making. Ontario’s coroner renewed calls for mandatory side guards on trucks Wednesday, hours after a 25-year-old woman was crushed almost to death beneath the wheels of a truck in downtown [...]

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Truck side guards should be mandatory: Olivia Chow

By | October 13, 2013

The NDP transportation critic has renewed her calls for the federal government to implement a private members bill she introduced in the House of Commons to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada. It follows the deaths of several cyclists who died beneath the wheels of big trucks in Toronto and elsewhere. Cambridge, [...]

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City Council pursuing new safety measures for bike commuters

By | October 12, 2013

This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.  Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here).  Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership. City Council has [...]

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City Council pursuing new safety measures for bike commuters

By | October 12, 2013

This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.  Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here).  Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership. City Council has [...]

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Cyclist almost hit by police chief’s vehicle

By | September 27, 2013

I know Meghan. She would not make this up. A Toronto cyclist alleges she was almost hit by Police Chief Bill Blair’s SUV after it swerved into a bike lane. Meghan Orlinski was biking to class at Ryerson University Wednesday around 12 p.m. When she crossed the intersection at University Avenue and College Street and [...]

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“Doored” Toronto cop wants police to track incidents

By | September 3, 2013

When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest. … Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes. On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto [...]

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“Doored” Toronto cop wants police to track incidents

By | September 3, 2013

When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest. … Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes. On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto [...]

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Toronto endangering cyclists with bollards

By | August 30, 2013

Okay, this is a little insane.  The city has bollards in the middle of cycling paths painted in dark colours and it takes a cyclist ramming into it in the dark for the city to go out and paint it yellow. Bike lights are great for being visible, but unless you shell out a lot [...]

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Toronto endangering cyclists with bollards

By | August 30, 2013

Okay, this is a little insane.  The city has bollards in the middle of cycling paths painted in dark colours and it takes a cyclist ramming into it in the dark for the city to go out and paint it yellow. Bike lights are great for being visible, but unless you shell out a lot [...]

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New “Doored!” website tracks Toronto “door prizes”

By | August 21, 2013

  When it came out that Toronto Police weren’t tracking “dooring” incidents, one Toronto man and coder decided he’d build a system to allow everyone to submit dooring incidents. Check out Doored!.

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New “Doored!” website tracks Toronto “door prizes”

By | August 21, 2013

  When it came out that Toronto Police weren’t tracking “dooring” incidents, one Toronto man and coder decided he’d build a system to allow everyone to submit dooring incidents. Check out Doored!.

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Bike helmets are a symptom of modern roads

By | August 16, 2013

Very pleased to be part of a Canada.com story about bike helmets today. The article pulls tweets I made earlier today on @bikingtoronto where I questioned the obsession the media and many non-cyclists (and cyclists) have with the wearing of helmets. I’m sure it’s not just me that’s noticed that often when there’s news about [...]

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Why every bike needs a bell

By | August 9, 2013

Preach. I love hearing bells when people pass me.  Hate it when someone has one and doesn’t use it.  Loathe it when they don’t even have one. The need for a basket or panniers, a nicer seat, or even a helmet are, in my opinion, all up for debate on whether they are necessary, but [...]

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Website aims to do what police won’t: record ‘dooring’ accidents

By | August 8, 2013

UPDATE: The website is http://www.doored.ca/ It’s called a “door prize” but it’s not one any Toronto cyclist wants to get. It’s when the door of parked or stopped car opens and hits a cyclist riding by. Police no longer keep track of the number of ‘doorings’ that happen in Ontario since a 2012 change in the [...]

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Toronto police wont track dooring until they’re ordered

By | August 7, 2013

This is disappointing to say the least. The police *know* that cyclists are getting hurt, but are refusing to record the data that could lead to helping reduce these kinds of collisions? Police say they won’t start tracking how many cyclists are “doored” by cars until the police board orders them to do so, a [...]

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VIDEO: Police Board Chairs wants “Doorings” tracked again

By | August 7, 2013

A pretty decent story from CityNews about the push for police to start tracking dooring incidents again. Well, except for the word “wamts” in the title. Proofread please, Citynews. Special appearance by Yvonne Bambrick.  Great job Yvonne!  

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VIDEO: Police Board Chairs wants “Doorings” tracked again

By | August 7, 2013

A pretty decent story from CityNews about the push for police to start tracking dooring incidents again. Well, except for the word “wamts” in the title. Proofread please, Citynews. Special appearance by Yvonne Bambrick.  Great job Yvonne!  

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Police board wants Toronto cops to review ‘dooring’ policy

By | August 6, 2013

Well, this is good news.  The slow wheels of the bureaucracy are moving… but it still begs the question of why tracking dooring data was stopped in the first place.  Surely the Toronto Police Services Board approved that change as well? The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to track how [...]

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Police board wants Toronto cops to review ‘dooring’ policy

By | August 6, 2013

Well, this is good news.  The slow wheels of the bureaucracy are moving… but it still begs the question of why tracking dooring data was stopped in the first place.  Surely the Toronto Police Services Board approved that change as well? The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to track how [...]

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Only 6% of Cyclists go through red lights

By | July 6, 2013

Great report from BikePortland on a study about how many cyclists are going through red lights.  What can be done to address the 6% who still go through red lights? Going through a red light is not only disrespectful to the safety of other road users, but is a breach of the social contract.  Red [...]

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