There were 1,068 bicycle accidents reported to Toronto Police in 2008 (based on a report from the Toronto Transportation Department). This information only refers to “reported incidents” and does not take into account all of those bicycle accidents which were not reported to Police.
Toronto has tried to accommodate bicyclists with “bicycle paths” which often run parallel on roads with motor vehicles. Currently the City of Toronto has 50 kilometres of bicycle paths in Toronto and a bike trail system that is 125 kilometres long. The City has designed and installed over 11,000 post-and-ring bike racks to date and provides free bicycle parking at 46 out of 66 T.T.C subway stations. The T.T.C managed by the City, allows cyclists to bring their bikes onto the subway, streetcar or buses anytime, except during peak periods or rush hour (6:30-9:30 am & 3:30-6:30 pm).
The City of Toronto is planning on developing a bike path on both the north and south sides of Lawrence Avenue East from Victoria Park Avenue, east to Rouge Hills Drive on the Pickering border. This road construction, to install the these extensive bike paths, will commence this year and continue through to 2010, until the construction is completed.
In order to safely segregate motor vehicles from bicycles, that will use the newly designed bike path, the City of Toronto has decided to look at various safety options, including “noise strips” or “rumble strips”. Rumble strips are created when grooves are cut into the pavement and create a staccato noise when motor vehicles drive on that stretch of road.
In most of the 110 intersections, there was more than one accident (involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle). Below are the nine (9) intersections which had the highest number of bicycle/motor vehicle accidents:
Dundas Street West intersects with three streets (Yonge, Bay and Spadina Avenue) in the top nine most dangerous intersections in Toronto for bicycles. At these three (3) intersections, there were sixteen (16) reported accidents out of the total of forty four (44) accidents (or almost 37% of the accidents) contained in the nine (9) intersections reporting the highest number of bicycle accidents in 2008.
The Toronto Star has done an excellent job providing a geographical analysis reporting on this issue and mapping Toronto’s streets, indicating where all of these accidents (which include those resulting in injuries and fatalities) have occurred.
See page with rules and regulations for Bicycles, eBikes, Mopeds and Motorcycles.
In 2008 it was reported to police in Toronto that there were 1,932 incidents where motor vehicles collided with pedestrians. Incidents were particularly regular and high, in or around intersections. If motor vehicles
are colliding with pedestrians, then there is a high probability that bicycles are at an equally high risk of being involved in collisions. See map of the reported incidents.
How cyclists in accidents are treated by Insurance Companies.
Update: May 23, 2009 – Safe Cycling in Toronto “Video”
Update: May 23, 2009 – Mandatory Bicycle Licensing.
Update: May 23, 2009 – Cyclists versus Cars (1) on the mean streets of Toronto.
Update: May 24, 2009- Cyclists versus Cars (2) on the mean streets of Toronto.
Update: May 26, 2009- Making Biking Safer (3) on the mean streets of Toronto.
Update: May 27, 2009- Cyclists Weigh In (4) on the last part of the 4 part series – on the mean streets of Toronto.
Update: May 26, 2009 – City Council approves plan to remove middle lane of Jarvis Street (from Bloor Street south to Queen Street) and to utilize this space for a treed boulevard and bicycle lanes on the west/east side of Jarvis Street.
Update: Sept.14/09 – Should Toronto’s City Council mandate helmet usage for cyclists?
Update: September 22, 2009 – Bicycles come with a High Cost.
Update: October 1, 2009 – Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety.
Update: October 5, 2009 – Green Commuting – Pilot project launched at Toronto’s Union Station.
Update: November 25, 2009 – Toronto’s Motorists’ Pet Peeves
Update: December 15, 2009 – Toronto Cyclists’ Pet Peeves
Update: April 19, 2010 – Bikes over Motor Vehicles
Update: April 19, 2010 – U of T students believe walkway in the air could save lives of pedestrians.
Update: April 23, 2010 – Bike messenger receives a $325.00 ticket when she travels through a red light on her bike.
Update: June 10, 2010 – What are the rules about Drinking and Biking?