Yesterday, Toronto Police Services issued this Press Release:
Safe Cycling: Share the Responsibility
Broadcast time: 10:05
Monday, June 18, 2007
Did you know that:
- one cyclist is injured every 9.21 hours on Toronto streets?
- the last seven cycling fatalities in Toronto have involved large commercial vehicles?
- each year about 1,100 cyclists are involved in collisions?
- riding your bicycle on the sidewalk endangers pedestrians?
- motorists parking in designated bike lanes endanger cyclists?
- motorists opening their doors without looking is hazardous to cyclists?
The Toronto Police Service will be initiating a one-week "Safe Cycling Share the
Responsibility" Campaign, starting Monday, June 18, 2007. The campaign will conclude on
Sunday, June 24, 2007. This will be the third initiative undertaken as part of the Service's
comprehensive traffic safety strategy, "Operation Safe Journey."
The "Safe Cycling Share the Responsibility" Campaign will focus on motorists whose actions endanger the lives of cyclists. Drivers failing to proceed through turns safely, opening vehicle doors improperly, and driving in designated bicycle lanes, all contribute to reduced cycling safety.
For more information on "Safe Cycling Share the Responsibility", please contact Sergeant
Paul Bainard at 416-808-1908 or Constable Stephen Burns at 416-808-1919.
Constable Isabelle Cotton, Public Information, for Constable Stephen Burns, Traffic Services
I find it interesting that there is clear emphasis on cracking down on motorists. Past safety blitzes I've heard about seem to always focus on cyclists. I wonder what the outcome of this will be? Will we hear a followup with some numbers? Will it be back to busines as usual next week with people parking all over the bike lanes, dooring cyclists, and passing too closely?
The Toronto Sun has an article in today's paper as well.