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VISION ZERO: John Tory’s deadly balancing act on road safety

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:19

A deeper problem, however, is the continuing unwillingness (except on paper) of decision-makers to put pedestrian and cyclist safety above motorists’ historic entitlement to speed and space.

This huge bias in favour of motorists means that we need more than what Mayor John Tory describes as “a balance of all interests.”

When Tory talks about this balancing of interests – while fighting to maintain wide roads and rebuild highways – he ignores the reality of a balance that is monstrously out of whack.

More: John Tory’s deadly balancing act on road safety – NOW Magazine

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Brazen daylight bike theft points to ‘crisis’ in Toronto

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:37

A video of a brazen daytime bike heist near a bustling public trail is an indication the city is dealing with a theft “crisis,” a cycling advocacy group says.

On Sunday afternoon while off work, I captured the above video of a man with bolt cutters trying to chop through a bike lock at Lower Simcoe Street and Queens Quay as throngs of people passed by.

Eventually, a small group formed around the man, with many people telling him to stop. The man didn’t seem to pay attention. He grabbed a bike and quickly rode off.

More: Brazen daylight bike theft points to ‘crisis’ in Toronto, cycling advocate warns | CBC News

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Torontonians are using #NearMissToronto to document when cars almost kill them, because the City doesn’t.

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:33

Abigail Pugh had just dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at school in Dufferin Grove when she witnessed a near miss.

A driver didn’t see a boy crossing at a pedestrian crosswalk and slammed on the brakes, narrowly avoiding another headline-making tragedy. The experience spurred Pugh to create the hashtag and ensuing campaign #NearMissToronto.

More: There’s no tally of close calls on Toronto streets. So pedestrians are turning to #NearMissToronto | The Star

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NEWS: Mass die-in staged outside Toronto City Hall

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:09

The conversation about bike safety in Toronto has hit a fever pitch this week amidst a rash of cyclist and pedestrian deaths on city streets.

Two cyclists were killed on Tuesday alone after being struck by vehicles in separate incidents across town, prompting experts and terrified citizens alike to demand immediate action from City Hall

More: Cyclists stage mass die-in outside Toronto City Hall

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NEWS: ‘It’s time to declare a state of emergency’: Anger, calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:43

A surge in cyclists and pedestrians dying on Toronto streets is triggering demands that Mayor John Tory, city council and the Ontario government act now to stop the carnage.

“I am calling for a state of emergency, which means treating this crisis as a high priority and investing in immediate measures to create a safe environment for vulnerable road users,” Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s former chief planner, now a University of Toronto lecturer, told the Star Wednesday.

More: ‘It’s time to declare a state of emergency’: Anger, calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets | The Star

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Cyclists take over Toronto’s highways for Ride for Heart

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 15:56

Thousands of cyclists and runners took over the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway on Sunday for the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s annual fundraiser.

Source: 15,000 runners, cyclists take over Toronto’s highways for Ride for Heart | CBC News

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GETTING LEGAL: Ontario bill seeks to increase penalties for drivers who injure cyclists

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 13:07

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto over the next month in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

A new bill is seeking to toughen penalties for drivers who injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users in Ontario.

Bill 158, Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, 2017, is a private member’s bill which was introduced by former MPP Cheri DiNovo. It is intended to penalize drivers who violate Highway Traffic Act rules around driving while using a cell phone, driving while unlicensed, driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, disobeying signs or lights at intersections or pedestrian crossings, proper signalling, sharing the road with other users, safety near emergency vehicles, and opening car doors.

Source: Zackees.com

The bill requires drivers who are found guilty of Highway Traffic Act offenses to potentially face a mandatory probation order as well as license suspension. During the period of probation, drivers would be required to take a driving instruction course and perform community service related to public education on driving safety and improving driving safety. They would also be required to attend sentencing hearings in which they would listen to victim impact statements from victims and their family members. Under the bill, failure to comply with the probation order could result in a longer license suspension and a fine of up to $50,000.

By: Veronica Marson, Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers

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