Update: see previous posts – July 8, 2011 Toronto Police to Ticket Cyclists and Motor Vehicles Ignoring Cyclist’s Space, July 7, 2011 Careless Driving Causing Death?, May 4, 2011 Police Charge Parent of Young Cyclist Not Wearing His Bicycle Helmet, May 2, 2011 Cyclist on Powered-Assisted Bicycle Charged with Not Wearing a Helmet and Impaired Driving, March 9, 2011 Cyclist Launches 20 Million Lawsuit against Cycling Club & Association, January 27, 2011 Time to Update the Cycling Laws in Toronto & Ontario?, January 8, 2011 Toronto is Ready to Invest in the Safety of Cyclists,December 22, 2010 Toronto’s First Count of Downtown Cyclists (Sept. 2010) , November 8, 2010 Week Long Pedestrian Safety Campaign/Blitz, October 10, 2010 Bike Boxes , September 16, 2010 Private Member’s Bill requires a minimum of one metre paved shoulder be added whenever designated provincial highways are repaved to reduce accidents/fatalities , August 26, 2010 Police Lay 400 Charges Against Cyclists/Pedestrians , May 19, 2010 Motorists Must Stay 3,4 or 5 Feet Away from Bicyclists , March 29, 2010 Toronto’s Zero-Tolerance Bicycle Blitz , November 16, 2009 Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians – Toronto (2008) , October 12, 2009 Idaho Stop Law , September 7, 2009 Toronto Police Bicycle Safety Blitz , March 21, 2009 Bicycle Accidents Toronto, Reported in 2008 , December 20, 2008 City of Toronto Considering Installing “Rumble Strips”
On July 5, 2011 police allege that a 49-year-old male cyclist travelled south on Huron Street (a one-way street ending at Dundas Street West) and crossed Dundas Street West against a red light and continued to travel south of Dundas St. W to Huron St (which cannot be entered as it is a one-way street, running north, which ends at Dundas St. W.
It is alleged that the cyclist entered into Huron Street south of Dundas St. W. and crashed into a 55-year-old female pedestrian who was walking eastbound across Huron Street, south of Dundas St. W. When the cyclist crashed into the pedestrian, he fell on top of her, breaking his fall. The fall resulted in the fractured skull of the 55-year-old female pedestrian and life threatening injuries. The 49-year-old cyclist was uninjured.
After this incident, the pedestrian was rushed to the hospital, while the cyclist was subsequently charged by police with careless driving. In response to this, police began to conduct a bicycle/motor vehicle traffic blitz.
Fightyourtickets went to the intersection of Dundas Street West and Huron Street on July 8, 2011. North of Dundas Street West, Huron Street is a one-way street, running south and ending at Dundas Street West. You cannot enter Huron Street from Dundas Street West – given that on the north and south sides of Dundas Street West, Huron Street is a one-way street ending at Dundas Street West.
In a half hour period, cyclists of all ages, entered Huron Street on the southside of Dundas Street, the wrong way on a one-way street (as did the cyclist on July 5, 2011, resulting in the crash that injured the pedestrian) against a green light and a red light.
It was surprising to see numerous bicyclists enter Huron Street and ride up this street in a northerly direction, north of Dundas Street West, even though this is a one-way street, going south to Dundas St. West,
Given the large numbers of cyclists travelling in the wrong direction into these one-way streets (on Huron Street, south and north of Dundas Street West) it became clear that this is a route that cyclists who live in or near this intersection, use on regular, daily and consistent basis.
A series of photo’s taken on July 8, 2011 (three days after the pedestrian’s skull was fractured) at the intersection of Huron Street and Dundas Street West, reveals that cyclists enter the one-way Huron Streets, north and south of Dundas St. W, in the wrong direction, either south on Huron St. or north on Huron St.
See all of these photo’s below. Although the signage and do not enter symbols are clearly marked, cyclists ignore these symbols and use Huron Street, north and south of Dundas Street West as the most direct route, on both sides of Dundas.
While there were many cyclists that continued to do what the cyclist above did, many cyclists decided to travel from Huron Street north of Dundas, through Dundas Street West and into Huron Street, south of Dundas St. W, even though they travelled into a one-way street (Huron Street) in the wrong direction. See the cyclists below, entering Huron Street, south of Dundas St. W.:
Update: July 8, 2011 – Why is careless driving not a crime?
Update: July 10, 2011 – The Fixer: Bad cycling habits can be deadly