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Archive for 'Driver Safety'

Ontario’s Coroner Reports on Cycling Deaths

It’s been about 7 months since Ontario’s coroner announced that it was going to review cycling deaths in Ontario, on October 24th, 2011 Chief Coroner Andrew McCallum announced that he be investigating cycling deaths over the last 4 years in Ontario. That report was released this week, Office for the Chief Coroner for Ontario: Cycling […]

It's time we all started taking our turn

This week my good friend Dave sent me this amazing and hilarious video about a new road sign. In the video the trade-off between safety and efficiency (carbon footprint) is discussed. Although it seems a little far fetched, I’m sure we’ll see something like it in the future.

Pedestrian Perils: An Unfortunate January in Toronto

Yesterday I almost became one of Toronto’s next pedestrian victim’s. At the intersection I was crossing there was an advanced green for the oncoming traffic. I waited until the advanced green ended, looked to see the walk signal, looked to see if there were any more cars coming and then proceeded forward. I looked down […]

Can we make the roads safer?

Not surprisingly there was another traffic accident on highway 401 this morning. It was almost in the centre of Toronto, in the Yonge Westbound Express lanes. As reported by CP24 a tractor trailer plowed into the guard rail dumping 200 litres of diesel fuel across the highway and seriously damaging the guardrail. The result for […]

The Crumbling Streets of Toronto

It is very obvious in the City of Toronto that the streets are falling apart. Streets that are in high demand – Bayview Avenue, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, etc – are all looking worse-for-wear. Whether you’re in a car, on foot or on a bicycle you’ll notice the new cracks and potholes of the […]

Drinking and Driving

Unfortunate but true it happens more often than it should. Ontario estimates that over the past decade over 2000 people have died due to impaired driving and over 50,000 people have been injured! But it’s not just those affected, both emotionally and physically, it is estimated that impaired driving costs the province $3billion annually. The […]

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 […]

Transportation Planning Workshop

Friday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar put together by the OTC (Ontario Traffic Conference) on Transportation Planning. The day covered various southern Ontario initiatives from bicycle routes, to public transit, to planning for long-term projects. Here is a summary on the presentations I enjoyed: Transit City: Planning for Light Rail in Toronto […]

New Legislation

Last fall I wrote about new potential laws on graduated licensing and hand-held devices. It looks like those proposed laws are about to become a reality New Legislation to better protect young drivers. Under the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s announcement yesterday drivers under the age of 21 would require a zero-blood alcohol level. Under […]

Yield to the Bus

I am all for public transit, it usually moves people more efficiently than in individual automobiles, it helps to reduce pollution and it helps move people who may not be able to afford to have their own personal vehicle. But what I am not in favour of is aggressive bus drivers that do forget that […]