AddThis Feed Button

Site menu:

Links:

Recent Comments

Archives

Site search

April 2009
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Tags

Share the Road

Yesterday was beautiful – blue bird skies, warm temperatures – it made for the perfect day to go outside and enjoy the weather.
Like many Torontonians my bf decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed out for a road ride.In Toronto the bi-law  states that sidewalks are for pedestrian use only. With limited and disconnected bike trails, this means that cyclists are forced to be on the road (the goal is to eventually have a well connected city wide cycling path system). As if contending with the broken streets and potholes wasn’t enough now we have to contend with angry, selfish drivers.

A Close Encounter

Last night while riding a ‘joy-riding’ cube van decided to race toward my bf and honk its horn and yell “Roads aren’t meant for cyclists” to ‘spook’ him. And it worked my bf had one of those moments that made his heart beat a little faster, wobbled slightly on his bicycle but continued on and caught up to the cube van at the next lights. Wanting to report the incident to the police my better half took out his iPhone to capture the license plate of the guilty cube van. The cube van got angry and ‘pushed’ my bf off the road. Fortunately in the end my bf walked away with only scrapes and bruises but wasn’t able to capture a picture of the ‘joy-riders.’

Unfortunately there is no funding for police to patrol the streets for people like this. In Toronto I’ve heard of other horror stories of people being thrown from their bikes because of motorists. Like I wrote yesterday about the Netherlands collision prevention would happen if we made all motorists guilty in pedestrian/cyclist collisions. In an attempt to make cycling safer in Toronto city officials have written a list of 15 recommendations to reduce the number of injuries and deaths. But realistically this isn’t enough.

As the temperatures rise here in Toronto and weather improves there will be more people on the roads. Hopefully these angry, ‘joy-riders’ can learn to share the road, although I suspect not.

Comments

Pingback from Topics about Iphone » Archive » Share the Road
Time April 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

[…] sasha on the street placed an interesting blog post on Share the RoadHere’s a brief overviewYesterday was beautiful – blue bird skies, warm temperatures – it made for the perfect day to go outside and enjoy the weather. Like many Torontonians my bf decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed out for a road ride.In Toronto the bi-law  states that sidewalks are for pedestrian use only. With limited and disconnected bike trails, this means that cyclists are forced to be on the road (the goal is to eventually have a well connected city wide cycling path system ). As if co […]

Pingback from Posts about the iPhone as of April 28, 2009 | Iphone Talk
Time April 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

[…] […]