Toronto Police "Safe Cycling" Campaign Results
This is a followup to last week's article.
Toronto Police Services posted a press release with the results of last week's 'Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility' campaign:
'Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility',
4,841 tickets issued
Broadcast time: 13:48
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
On Sunday, June 24, 2007, the Toronto Police Service concluded the one-week `Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility' campaign. This was the third initiative undertaken as part of the Service's comprehensive traffic safety strategy, "Operation Safe Journey".
Officers issued 4,841 tickets to motorists and cyclists who were found committing offences. Of the tickets issued:
- 2,870 tickets were issued to motorists for offences such as opening vehicle doors improperly and failing to yield to cyclists,
- 1,444 tickets were issued to cyclists for disobeying traffic signals and failing to yield to
- 478 tickets were issued to cyclists for bicycle equipment offences,
- 49 parking tickets were issued for parking in designated bike lanes,
- 891 motorists and cyclists were cautioned for a variety of related offences.
- 13 bike rodeos, involving 674 participants, were held across the city.
All motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians have a responsibility to work together to ensure their
road safety. Everyone is reminded to obey all traffic laws and to be diligent when using city
For further information on the `Safe Cycling Share the Responsibility' initiative, please
contact Constable Stephen Burns at 416-808-1919 or Sergeant Tony Lawson at 416-808-1926.
Constable Wendy Drummond, Public Information, for Constable Stephen Burns, Traffic
So...did anyone notice any difference on the city streets last week during this blitz? Any experiences you want to share? Did you get ticketed by the police, or see a motorist get ticketed?
It looks like the focus was on the motorists, since twice as many tickets were issued to motorists than cyclists. However, I'm surprised that they only issued 49 tickets for parking in the bike lane! And I wonder what the breakdown of "bicycle equipment offences" was? I hope it wasn't just for cyclists without bells.
Back to business as usual this week.