Brain Injury Awareness Month

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GETTING LEGAL: Ride Safe this Summer

Summer is finally here! With the arrival of warm weather, many find cycling an irresistible form of leisure, exercise and transportation around the city. However, it is extremely important to be mindful of where you ride your bike and the consequences of not obeying the laws. The Highway Traffic Act (HTA), defines a bicycle as a vehicle that operates on the road, which means cyclists must use the roads with motor vehicles instead of the sidewalk. However, riders aged 13 or younger are allowed to ride on the sidewalk. While [...]

By | 2018-06-24T14:50:36+00:00 June 24th, 2018|General|Comments Off on GETTING LEGAL: Ride Safe this Summer

GETTING LEGAL: Children and Cycling in Toronto

Cycling on the roadway, in and of itself, is an activity that brings about a higher risk of serious injury because cyclists are not protected by a car’s exterior like motorists are. Young children are even more vulnerable while riding bicycles on the roadway because they are smaller and harder to see. Therefore, it is critical that parents and guardians review roadway laws and safety measures with their young children regularly to avoid unfortunate accidents and injury. Children must obey the applicable traffic laws anytime they ride on the roadway [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Ontario bill seeks to increase penalties for drivers who injure cyclists

A new bill is seeking to toughen penalties for drivers who injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users in Ontario. Bill 158, Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, 2017, is a private member’s bill which was introduced by former MPP Cheri DiNovo. It is intended to penalize drivers who violate Highway Traffic Act rules around driving while using a cell phone, driving while unlicensed, driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, disobeying signs or lights at intersections or pedestrian crossings, proper signalling, sharing the road with other users, safety near emergency vehicles, [...]

By | 2018-05-29T13:37:07+00:00 May 29th, 2018|General|0 Comments

GETTING LEGAL: Municipality Found Responsible for Bike Park Injuries

A recent Ontario court case found a municipality liable for an accident that happened at a public mountain bike park. In Campbell v. Bruce (County), the Court dealt with an accident that happened in Bruce County, when a 43-year-old man broke his neck while trying to cross a wooden teeter-totter obstacle called the "Free Fall". The man, who had extensive mountain trail experience, had gone to the park with his wife and two children. He completed an easy obstacle before attempting the "Free Fall", which required bikers to not travel [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Drinking and Riding – a bad idea, but is it illegal?

We were all taught from an early age to never drink and drive. But is it illegal to drink and ride a bicycle? The answer is actually not as straightforward for bicycles as it is for cars. Impaired operation of a motor vehicle is regulated under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. There is a licencing system which teaches drivers who to drive and that drinking and driving is prohibited.  Police are empowered to conduct random spot checks looking for drunk drivers and can charge [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Brain Injury Awareness and Bike Safety

On our crowded Toronto streets, bicyclists inevitably face a higher risk of being involved in an accident compared to an occupant of a motor vehicle. Add to this increased risk the reality that the object into which the bicyclist impacts is either a 3,000lbs vehicle or unforgiving pavement and the results can be severe and devastating injuries.  While proper bike safety is always important all year around, its importance is especially highlighted in June during Brain Injury Awareness month in Ontario. According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, brain injuries are the [...]

A Refresher on the Rules of the Road

As the days grow warmer and people start riding bicycles more regularly, it is important to refresh our memories on the rules for cyclists travelling on the road. At a minimum, adhering to the rules will help increase the safety of all cyclists. Accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles typically result in serious injuries, especially brain injuries, and are therefore more likely to result in law suits. In such cases, some fault may be attributed to the cyclist if he or she failed to follow the rules of the road, [...]