Another cyclist dies

Another cyclist has died on Toronto roads, this time a 56 year old bike courier, struck by a taxi on university avenue.

It’s dismaying to watch the Global TV news  coverage. Apparently, this is his own fault for “running red”.

If you’re a downtown cyclist, you know that safe riding involves setting out across the intersection a few seconds before the cars. You watch for yellow, make sure there are no cars trying to beat the lights, then you go. this avoids the side-squeeze, or being endangered by careless right-turners.

When will we have reporters who ask the real questions about cycling safety? For example, shouldn’t we install separate bicycle signals that go green a few seconds before the signals for cars?

 


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