Dr. Chris Cavacuiti was hit by a turning truck on Unwin a few years ago while cycling. Since then he's done a lot of research on bike safety, has become a cycling advocate and written a regular column in Dandyhorse. He's interviewed in the Toronto Star.
Things we learn: males are the most dangerous drivers.
The Toronto Police are reporting (PDF) that a cyclist was hit and injured last night while riding on Coxwell Ave., north of Gerrard St.
On Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 11:07 p.m., police responded to a call for a personal injury collision on Coxwell Avenue, north of Casci Avenue.
It is reported that:
- a 19−year−old man was riding his bicycle north on Coxwell Avenue, in the right lane,
- a Safari van was travelling north on Coxwell Avenue, in the left lane,
- the cyclist turned left into the path of the van and was hit.
The cyclist was taken to hospital with life−threatening injuries.
The cyclist was not wearing a helmet but was wearing headphones, which may have limited
his ability to sense his surroundings.
Although the cyclist is at the age where helmets are not mandatory for cycling, the use of one
has been shown to reduce head injuries when worn properly.
The story has been picked up by a few media outlets today too:
- Toronto Star - Cyclist in east-end crash was listening to iPod
- National Post - East-end cyclist hit by van was wearing headphones, police say
- CTV - Van strikes cyclist on Coxwell Avenue
- 680 News - City cyclist hit by moving van
- CP24 - Cyclist in serious condition after being struck by van
- Toronto Sun - Injured cyclist not wearing helmet: Cops
- Metro - Headphones may have had role in bike crash: police
The Toronto Star reports that, "His chest was crushed and he suffered a closed-head injury to his brain. He was taken to St. Michael's Hospital in life-threatening condition, but he is now expected to survive."
Makes so much sense it would will never happen here.
It seems like such a long time ago (December 17, 2008 - last year!) when the Toronto Star reported that the City is considering adding rumble strips to the Lawrence Ave. bike lanes when they are installed. My apologies for taking so long to post something on I Bike T.O. about it...
The Bike Writers Collective of Los Angeles came up with a Cyclists' Bill of Rights a few months ago. They claim that cyclists already have all these rights, but they wanted to spell it out. None, I suspect, should be controversial except perhaps the claim that cyclists and their bikes have the right to use mass transit with no limitations. Even during rush hour? On any bus or subway car? A radical idea.