GETTING LEGAL: Rules to Promote Safety on Trails

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GETTING LEGAL: Rules to Promote Safety on Trails

As the days grow warmer and the weather gets nicer, more and more people are heading out to the various beautiful trails we have in Toronto. Some people prefer to stroll, others prefer to cycle. However, both activities typically occur on the same pathway of the trail. Biking accidents between pedestrians and cyclists can result in significant injuries because our bodies are more exposed, and pedestrians are not typically wearing helmets.

Cyclists need to obey the speed limit posted on the trails, which are typically around 15 to 20 km/hr. Additional precautions should be taken at the turns, particularly if the sight line is poor. Cyclists should also yield to pedestrians and give pedestrians proper advance warning before passing through so that pedestrians can make room. Pedestrians, similarly, need to be very aware of cyclists around them.

Various trail rules can be found on various websites, examples of which include:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=668fdada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=53f9dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.thetrail.ca/index.php/get-outdoors/trail-rules

http://www.imbacanada.com/rules-trail

It is critical that pedestrians and cyclists be more cautious on these trails, especially since more often than not there will be no insurance to cover the serious injuries arising from these accidents.

By: Nga Dang, Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto in June in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

For more information about head injuries, check out The Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s “Are You Aware” campaign supporting Brain Injury Awareness Month in Ontario.