As a runner and non-cyclist, I can only imagine how difficult and frustrating it is to ride through Toronto. That being said, I can’t resist using this forum to plead with any cyclist reading this message to obey the rules of the road. Specifically, stop at stop signs and red lights, don’t ride on the sidewalk (unless you’re younger than 14) and resist any other dangerous activity that puts us all in danger.
I run all over the city and it drives me mad how most (if not all) cyclists blatantly ignore the law when it comes to stop signs and red lights. I know, I know, the infrastructure leaves you no choice. But you’re simply wrong. If you have ‘no choice’ except to ride on the sidewalk/through a cross walk/or whatever, you have a legal obligation to get off your bike and walk it. As a pedestrian, I have the right to cross the street without worrying about getting hit by a vehicle, which a bicycle is considered to be under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act btw.
Quit making it so easy for everyone to hate on cyclists and focus on helping the powers that be fix the real threat in this city, careless drivers.
Thanks for the post Dan! There are definitely some cyclists, drivers, and even pedestrians whose bad habits make our roads less safe. I cycle to work every day, and I have to tell you, I do not think “most (if not all) cyclists blatantly ignore the law”. Cyclists who do so are certainly the most visible, so i can see how you could be left with that impression, but in my experience, most cyclists are prudent and law-abiding. After all, it is our life and limb on the line, not drivers’. All that said, you make a valid point about improving cycling etiquette as a way to change the tone of the discourse. Enjoy your run!