Toronto Lags Behind Other Cities in Bicycle Safety Initiatives

Toronto Lags Behind Other Cities in Bicycle Safety Initiatives

Cycling is a popular transportation method for the residents of large cities, especially as offerings like Uber’s “Jump” electric bikes make it more accessible than ever before. The city of Toronto has not been immune to the rise of bicycling, yet has fallen behind most urban areas in its safety efforts.

Old Town Toronto is one section of the city where biking is particularly popular. Neighborhoods like Bloordale and Ossington have a high density of cyclists, yet lack sufficient infrastructure in some areas to safely navigate on a bike.

Although the push for increased bike infrastructure (and related opposition from people who commute by car) is an issue in many cities, the debate is particularly passionate in Toronto. Approximately 46 cyclists died in bike accidents in 2018, yet safety programs have been resisted by residents and lawmakers alike — in addition to a perception of inconvenience for drivers, many feel Toronto’s harsh winters make bike lanes unnecessary. But as the city population grows, so does support for a way for all of Toronto’s commuters to get to their destinations safely.

The city attempted to expand its bicycle infrastructure in 2016 with the “Vision Zero” initiative, along with “a 10-year cycling network plan aimed at expanding cycling infrastructure through a 525-kilometer bike lane network,” (CBC). However, the beginnings of the project have proved ineffective, and additional measures are needed to adapt to recent changes, such as the introduction of electric bikes. Supporters of expanded regulations are proposing policies such as ridesharing statues, a reinstatement of bike licenses, and overall more uniform transportation legislation.

Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Bloordale or Ossington?

Ossington and Bloordale are two of the most frequently-biked locations in Toronto. While some of the recent programs have benefitted the area, cyclists are still vulnerable to collisions. If you or a loved one were injured in a bike accident in Ossington or Bloordale, contact Jewell Radimisis Jorge LL.P. to discuss your case.

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