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Keep up-to-date on all the news, events and cycling laws in your area.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists

Literal death traps; that is what this blog post is about. Various advocacy groups and news outlets have published lists of the most dangerous intersections for cyclists. The following is an aggregation of these lists with a sprinkling of personal experience. 1. Queen St. W and Niagara Street There are 4 cyclists in this picture…

Bike Accidents – 4 Common Injuries and how to avoid them

Personal injury lawyers see a lot of…you guessed it, personal injuries. Helping injured people recover the money that they need can make for very fulfilling work. However, constantly bearing witness to the wreckage wrought by negligent drivers and inadequate cycling infrastructure can take an emotional toll. It is worth having a conversation, not only about…

Bike Accidents – How to choose a lawyer

Legal advertising is everywhere: From the backs of TTC buses to the urinals at Leafs games. I suspect that there is advertising in the ladies room as well, but I haven’t checked. So, with all of this advertising, how can an injured cyclist make sure that they get quality representation? Below are the top 5…

Bike Accidents – Talking to the police

“The cops always take the driver’s side and blame the cyclist!” It is a refrain I have heard from far too many clients. Recently, I was consulted by a young lady who was struck by a car that ran a red light. When police responded, they immediately began blaming the innocent cyclist. Fortunately, the driver…

Using Your Noodle

The Highway Traffic Act dictates that drivers must leave one metre between their motor vehicle and the bicycle when passing cyclists on Ontario roads. Anyone who cycles in Toronto knows that this almost never happens. Obviously, if this actually happened, there would be far fewer bike accidents in Toronto. Toronto cyclist, Warren Huska, has a unique…

Bells on Danforth – This Saturday

Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10:30 am, cyclists will gather on the Bloor viaduct and cycle east along the Danforth. Bells on Danforth is one of the east end’s best advocacy/family events. It’s a fun ride past many great shops and restaurants; a great way to meet fellow east-end cyclists; and a powerful way to…

Bike to Work Day: Raining in the Morning, Raining Cash by the Afternoon

Bike to work day started as a cold and rainy commute, but may have ended in a “Wynne” for Ontario cyclists. The provincial government just pledged over $40-million to improve cycling safety. This money is desperately needed in Toronto; where an unacceptable number of bike accidents are caused by inadequate and unsafe cycling infrastructure. One…

Bike to School Week and Bike Month

Next week is the official beginning of Bike to School Week and Bike Month in the City of Toronto. Many of us have been biking to work for weeks (or month) at this point, but the bike traffic will pick up significantly in the coming weeks. With this increase in bike traffic, it’s a good…

Spring has Sprung and Wheels are Turning

The beginning of spring is as good a time as any to take a look at bike safety and bike accidents in the City of Toronto. Last year, Now Magazine helpfully published this graphic depicting cycling and pedestrian accidents that occurred in Toronto in May 2016: With the addition of Bloor, Richmond and Bayview bike…

A Cyclist’s Worst Nightmare: ‘Dooring’

Growing up, you may remember being taught to look both ways before you walk across the street. Now drivers and passengers need this same advice before opening their car doors when parking on the street. Cyclists in Toronto have always had a tough time getting around the city and their rocky relationship with drivers is…

Pedestrian Accidents

With the City of Toronto trying to promote walking and bicycling throughout the city instead of driving, the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents has greatly increased. Often times, it is hard to tell why these accidents occur; but in most instances, the driver of a car usually says they did not see the pedestrian…

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