BIKE SAFETY BLOG

Keep up-to-date on all the news, events and cycling laws in Ontario.

A Midsummer Night’s Ride
A Midsummer Night’s Ride

It is the middle of a busy and eventful cycling season. Cycling issues seem to be in the news every week. And, all too often, it is bad news. This past month, Canada Post was making the news for all the wrong reasons. According to the Toronto Police Service’s safe…

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Bike Accidents – One Client’s Story
Bike Accidents – One Client’s Story

A few years ago, I met a gentleman who had been in a terrible cycling accident. He was an instantly likeable man, with a truly tragic story. He was a new arrival to Canada, who had been trying to get into the country for years. He finally got into Canada.…

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists
Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists

Literal death traps; that is what this blog post is about. Various advocacy groups and news outlets have published lists of the most dangerous intersections for cyclists. The following is an aggregation of these lists with a sprinkling of personal experience. 1. Queen St. W and Niagara Street There are…

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Bike Accidents – 4 Common Injuries and how to avoid them
Bike Accidents – 4 Common Injuries and how to avoid them

Personal injury lawyers see a lot of…you guessed it, personal injuries. Helping injured people recover the money that they need can make for very fulfilling work. However, constantly bearing witness to the wreckage wrought by negligent drivers and inadequate cycling infrastructure can take an emotional toll. It is worth having…

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Bike Accidents – How to choose a lawyer
Bike Accidents – How to choose a lawyer

Legal advertising is everywhere: From the backs of TTC buses to the urinals at Leafs games. I suspect that there is advertising in the ladies room as well, but I haven’t checked. So, with all of this advertising, how can an injured cyclist make sure that they get quality representation?…

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Bike Accidents – Talking to the police
Bike Accidents – Talking to the police

“The cops always take the driver’s side and blame the cyclist!” It is a refrain I have heard from far too many clients. Recently, I was consulted by a young lady who was struck by a car that ran a red light. When police responded, they immediately began blaming the…

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Using Your Noodle
Using Your Noodle

The Highway Traffic Act dictates that drivers must leave one metre of room when passing cyclists. Anyone who cycles in Toronto knows that this almost never happens. Toronto cyclist, Warren Huska, has a unique way to ensure that drivers give him the legislatively mandated one-metre cushion; he has installed a…

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Bells on Danforth – This Saturday
Bells on Danforth – This Saturday

Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10:30 am, cyclists will gather on the Bloor viaduct and cycle east along the Danforth. Bells on Danforth is one of the east end’s best advocacy/family events. It’s a fun ride past many great shops and restaurants; a great way to meet fellow east-end cyclists;…

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Bike to Work Day: Raining in the Morning, Raining Cash by the Afternoon
Bike to Work Day: Raining in the Morning, Raining Cash by the Afternoon

Bike to work day started as a cold and rainy commute, but may have ended in a “Wynne” for Ontario cyclists. The provincial government just pledged over $40-million to improve cycling safety. This money is desperately needed in Toronto; where an unacceptable number of bike accidents are caused by inadequate…

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Bike to School Week and Bike Month
Bike to School Week and Bike Month

Next week is the official beginning of Bike to School Week and Bike Month in the City of Toronto. Many of us have been biking to work for weeks (or month) at this point, but the bike traffic will pick up significantly in the coming weeks. With this increase in…

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Spring has Sprung and Wheels are Turning
Spring has Sprung and Wheels are Turning

The beginning of spring is as good a time as any to take a look at cycling safety and cycling accidents in the City of Toronto. Last year, Now Magazine helpfully published this graphic depicting cycling and pedestrian accidents that occurred in Toronto in May 2016: With the addition of…

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A Cyclist’s Worst Nightmare: ‘Dooring’
A Cyclist’s Worst Nightmare: ‘Dooring’

Growing up, you may remember being taught to look both ways before you walk across the street. Now drivers and passengers need this same advice before opening their car doors when parking on the street. Cyclists in Toronto have always had a tough time getting around the city and their…

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Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents

With the City of Toronto trying to promote walking and bicycling throughout the city instead of driving, the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents has greatly increased. Often times, it is hard to tell why these accidents occur; but in most instances, the driver of a car usually says they…

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Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle Accidents

Over the last five years, the City of Toronto has set in place all types of dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city’s roadways. With more and more people being encouraged to “ride to work”; there has been a very unfortunate increase in the number of car and bicycle accidents. It…

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Bike lanes on Bloor Street, are they a safety concern?
Bike lanes on Bloor Street, are they a safety concern?

On Friday, August 12, 2016 Bloor Street will change forever, at least that’s what some cyclists are hoping. Over the next calendar year, the much-anticipated Bloor Street bike lanes (from Avenue Road to Shaw Street) will open to bicycle traffic. As the city struggles to keep up with the demand for…

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