As ghost bikes (marking the site of a cycling death) multiply
around Toronto, the Ministry of Transportation has announced its plans to respond to the Chief
Coroner of Ontario's "Cycling Death Review". Comments on EBR
posting 011-7552 are invited until January 31, 2013. As a first
step, MTO plans to replace its 20 year old Bicycle Policy with a new Cycling Strategy, including:
Providing the purchasers of bicycles with cycling safety
Initiating a separate consultation on legislative and/or
regulatory changes, which are likely to include cycling on paved
shoulders, mandatory helmets, and mandatory side guards for
Public education for drivers and cyclists, in collaboration
with road safety organizations,
Updating the Driver Handbooks to enhance the safety of all road
users, including cyclists,
Reviewing and updating the Highway Traffic Act to improve
cycling safety, and
Leading the identification of a province-wide cycling
Earlier this year, the Chief Coroner recommended:
Adoption of a "complete streets" approach –
focused on the safety of all road users – to guide the
redevelopment of existing communities and the design of new
communities throughout Ontario.
Development of an Ontario Cycling Plan to guide the development
of policy, legislation and regulations and the commitment of
infrastructure funding to support cycling in Ontario.
A comprehensive cycling safety public awareness and education
strategy, starting in public schools, and continuing through the
purchase of every new and used bicycle and through driver's
Legislative change (Highway Traffic Act (HTA); Municipal Act;
relevant Municipal By-Laws) aimed at ensuring clarity and
consistency regarding interactions between cyclists and other road
Strategies to promote and support helmet use for cyclists of
Implementation of mandatory helmet legislation for cyclists of
all ages, within the context of an evaluation of the impact of this
legislation on cycling activity.
Establishment of a "one-meter" rule for vehicles when
Prioritizing the development of paved shoulders on provincial
Mandatory side-guards for heavy trucks.
Enforcement, education and public safety activities targeted to
the specific issues of cycling safety identified in a given
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