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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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Biking Toronto Weekly (BikeMonth Calendar Edition) – April 22, 2018

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:28

A summary post of some interesting links and news stories from the past 7 days… this post is VERY events heavy, as the 2018 Bike Month calendar is online now and lots of great events are being added!

Also posted via @bikingtoronto on twitter, in the Biking Toronto facebook group, and on the Biking Toronto subreddit.

Biking (Toronto)

Biking (General)

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NEWS: Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:55

Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’ after pedestrian deaths

Jennifer Keesmaat is warning that this city faces a crisis when it comes to the number of pedestrians killed on its streets.

The first two months of 2018 have been rough for us vulnerable road users with eight pedestrians killed. No wonder why planners in Copenhagen have called Toronto’s Vision Zero plan completely unambitious.

More: Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’ after pedestrian deaths

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NEWS: Councillors go against city staff and vote against bike lanes on Yonge Street

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:36

The public works committee voted to go ahead with a more expensive redesign of Yonge Street in Willowdale, going against the recommendations of city staff, the local councillor and dozens of local residents. 

Coun. Stephen Holyday’s motion, placed on behalf of Coun. David Shiner, to defer to an alternate plan, which staff also considers viable, will now go to city council for a final vote in March. It’s expected to cost at least $9 million more than the Transform Yonge plan city transportation staff support. 

Coun. Jaye Robinson, the committee chair who also heads the city’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate road deaths, missed the vote.

Councillors go against city staff, support alternate Yonge Street redesign

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NEWS: MEC pressured to drop bike products linked to gun companies

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:24

Canadian gun control advocates are calling upon Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) this week to discontinue selling every product from every brand owned by the U.S. corporation Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista, based in Utah, manufactures and markets products for about 50 different outdoor sports and recreation labels – more than half of which produce ammunition and firearms, like the AR-15 rifle used to kill 17 people earlier this month at a high school in Parkland, Florida (among other deadly U.S. shootings.)

MEC pressured to drop products linked to Florida high school shooting

 

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