A Toddlers Tragic Death Launches a Review of How Toronto is Keeping Bicyclists Safe on Pedestrian Trails Near Heavy Traffic

June 1st, 2017

A five-year-old was killed when he lost control of his bike and fell onto the road and was struck by a car. The boy was not riding on the road, but on a popular pedestrian path that did not have physical barriers separating the bikes from oncoming traffic.

This tragic death has raised concerns across the community launching a safety review of pedestrians trails throughout Toronto – most of which are located near vehicle traffic.

Mayor John Tory explains that city officials plan to meet this week to begin a safety review of Toronto’s trails. He explains, “It is past time for us to have a hard look at safety on these trails.”

Many have pointed out that the path where the boy was riding is a popular route running alongside the city’s waterfront, and at times becomes problematic and unsafe for travelers riding against a heavy traffic flow.

Read the full article here.

While the city is starting to take action, there are many things bicyclists can do to help prevent a tragedy like this from occurring.

  • Make sure to always wear a properly fitted & secure helmet
  • Wear reflective clothing/gear so you stand out
  • Keep away from busy streets and parking lots
  • Know and obey bicycle riding traffic rules
  • Have all children take a bicycle training course
  • Always have your children ride on the inside of you, away from traffic just in case

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