When I was leading my local Cycle Toronto ward group, Ward 19, we produced a report of six recommendations to the City to improve the cycling experience and safety on Strachan. Since then, amazingly, three of them have actually been implemented, thanks to support from Councillor Mike Layton.
I noticed some interesting, updated information in the background info for the Bloor Street Pilot Bike Lanes in regards to mode share and collisions for cycling. Collisions are higher where you'd expect them to be: where more people are cycling. But they don't match up cleanly. If they City is serious about reducing the number of cyclists killed and injured, focusing on the southeastern part of downtown.
First is updated statistics on the cycling mode share:
Last year Councillor Jaye Robinson, Chair the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee said:
In 2014, 51 Torontonians were killed and many more were seriously injured in traffic crashes. As a city, we can and must do better, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, our most vulnerable road users.
We’re going to build on what’s worked in other jurisdictions and the plan will focus on international best practices from comparable jurisdictions, such as Vision Zero.
Nani Reddy is teaching bicycle repair classes for the public through the Toronto District School Board. Beginners welcome! The Spring term courses start on 11 April. It is a 9-week course and offers an opportunity for hands-on repair training. Tools are provided and one can work on his/her own bike. Final price includes material fee of $12.00.
I've never seen someone misinterpret a hand pointing in the direction a person wants to go. It's about as basic as you get. Even dogs understand. But my wife and friends started noticing people who have issues with the L-shaped right-turn signal. They know they have to use some kind of kink in their arm and raise it up but just can't seem to get it right. And they use it despite there being a perfectly good alternative.
We can blame this all on our obsession with automobiles. I'll explain.
@RespectTO on Twitter claimed that "Bloor has the worst rate for collisions in #biketo. Safe passage now. #topoli #BloorBikeLanes". They were rightfully celebrating the fact that we're one step closer to getting bike lanes on Bloor. Maybe I should have left well enough alone but I asked them: ".@RespectTO explain "worst". Gross numbers or per volume of cyclists compared to other streets?" It was an honest question but hard to explain intention in Twitter, thus my blog.