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Protest highlights Toronto area bicycle accidents

Cycling is a popular form of transportation in the Toronto area. While some use the mode of transportation strictly to get from one point to another, others participate in the activity for recreation or exercise. Whatever the reason someone hops on a bicycle, when they are involved in a collision with a vehicle, the outcome can be devastating.

To highlight just how devastating the injuries inflicted upon bicyclists can be, last month Cycle Toronto organized what they called a "die-in" protest. The protest was prompted by multiple fatal bicycle accidents that occurred in the Toronto area this past spring.

As a part of the protest, the city received the following three requests from Cycle Toronto:

  • To adopt a strong "vision zero" policy where cycling deaths are concerned
  • To ask the mayor to commit to cyclists, the building of a "minimum grid"
  • To increase investments from $8 million to $20 million in the biking infrastructure

In response, Toronto's mayor indicated that he prefers separated bike lanes because in addition to providing cyclists "a greater feeling of confidence," they are also safer. He also said he has spoken to the cycling czar regarding placing a priority upon them.

When serious injuries occur or a bicyclist is killed in a collision with a motor vehicle, the lives of those who are hurt and the loved ones of those who died can be dramatically changed leading to great expense. When negligence on the part of a motorist is to blame for the incident, legal action could be possible.

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