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 lanes, the “cyclescape” in our city has changed. However, it is unlikely that we will see any drastic reduction in cycling accidents.
The continued prevalence of cycling accidents in Toronto is driven (pun intended) by three factors: driver behaviour, lack of cycling infrastructure and a greater number of cyclists on the road.
Driver behaviour, a leading cause of bicycle accidents, is a difficult thing to change. Credit CycleTO for its “Dutch Reach” campaign. This campaign aims to educate drivers on the importance of checking over their shoulders before opening their car doors. The campaign responds to a real and pressing problem: a drastic increase in dooring incidents in Toronto. For more information on the rise of dooring in Toronto, read – A Cyclist’s Worst Nightmare: ‘Dooring’
I will report back at the end of the month with a comparison between May 2016 and May 2017. Hopefully, I will have some good news to share. Until then, helmets on and heads up.