c/o Malcolm

 

This Tuesday at Huron Street at Dundas a cyclist riding on the wrong way on a one way street collided with a pedestrian and knocked her to the ground. She suffered serious injuries. The cyclist was given a $400.00 fine and suffered minor injuries when he fell off his bike. This is a terrible storey and everyone has to be outraged at the harm done by this careless cyclist.

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/06/pedestrian-hit-by-cyclist-suff...

I would like to point out that whenever a rare situation like this occurs the Media seems to focus on cyclists in the City portraying them as all as a unified group of dangerous outlaws that are racing through the streets in a lawless and reckless fashion. This of course is not the case. However, this portrayal has an unfortunate effect on responsible cyclists such as ourselves. The public calls for more serious fines and regulations, motorists are less willing to share the road, the police target cyclists for traffic violations and responsible cyclists loose general credibility in the eyes of the public at large.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/07/07/cyclist-hurt...

I may be wrong, but it seems that when a cyclist is killed or injured there is less media focus and less outrage. If I am right about this one has to ask why. One thing for sure, cyclists causing serious injury and death is a relatively rare occurrence. By compairison look at the people who were been killed by the TTC in 2010 of instance. I have attached a list.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/01/21/timeline-pedestrians-and-cy...

Why is the media not outraged and focused on these numbers? Why is City council not planning strict regulations and harsh rules to deal with this? Why are the police not targeting dangerous street car operators? I do not have anything against the TTC I am simply pointing out that the media is interested in the dangerous cyclist angle for some reason and this has an unfortunate effect on all of us. Next time you innocently roll through a stop sign or push down a hill a little too fast keep these issues in mind. Remember the politics of cycling that are at play in Toronto.

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