Lawyer, and former Toronto Police Services Board chair, Alan Heisey, is being supported by bike union members in calling for a crackdown on bike lane blockers. Currently the city is putting in bike lanes but enforcement is lax, effectively negating their usefulness.
According to this Toronto Police news release, two cyclists collided on the trail near Bayview Ave. and Pottery Road, resulting in the death of an 84 year old man.
Police request assistance with bicycle−on−bicycle collision
Broadcast time: 17:35
Thursday, October 22, 2009
CTV reports on a fight between a bike courier and a BMW driver.
Driver pleads innocence. No one interviews the courier. Driver has a name: Azid Hamid. The courier has none.
Azid Hamid was driving his silver BMW on Queen near Church Street when a bicycle courier began yelling at him through his open window.
"He called me name and boom! Hit me without no reason," Hamid alleged.
Sometimes the police will take bike theft seriously. Eventually. Spacing reports an interesting story of Heather's stolen bike, how her friend found her stolen bike on Kijiji, and how their persistance got the police to eventually arrest and return her bike. With the cops initially being uninterested in helping to get it back, Heather collaborated with her friends to confront the thief while pretending to buy it.
Tickets may be issued for moving violations (such as failing to stop), or for inadequate bike equipment (lights, for example). You can't receive demerit points on your driver's licence for tickets received while on a bicycle.