safety

We've been thinking about and working towards safety for all users of Toronto's streets for more than ten years. We're sharing these notes in hopes of further supporting safety for all.

rules of the road and cycling

There are a variety of rules that different advocates have advanced for cyslists. Others such as cycling clubs maintain their own rules. Below is one set of guidelines for cyclists to follow called "effective cycling".

According to its wiki entry:

[The author] sums up Effective Cycling with what he calls the vehicular cycling (VC) principle: "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." This injunction is consistent with the rules of the road, which generally apply to all types of drivers of vehicles. The VC principle is often misunderstood to mean "act like you're a car". At most, it means to act like a driver of a low-powered motorcycle. Forester's injunction speaks not only to cyclist behavior but also to the way cyclists should be treated by motorists, police, and road engineers.
  1. Use the correct half of the road, and not the sidewalk.
  2. Yield to other traffic as required.
  3. Yield when moving laterally across the road.
  4. Choose the correct lane and position within the lane at intersections and their approaches, based on your destination. For example, a cyclist planning to go straight through an intersection should avoid getting stuck in a right-turn-only lane, where it is easy to get clobbered by a right-turning car; a cyclist in a through-traffic lane may get a few surprised looks but will probably not get hit. Choosing the correct lane and position often involves taking the lane when the lane is not wide enough for a car and a bike side by side.
  5. Between intersections move away from the curb based on speed relative to other traffic and effective lane width.

Note: The following sections were taken from the website of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Safety Tips for Drivers

Pay special attention to pedestrians as you drive. Here are some tips to follow:

Safety Tips for Parents

Show your children how to cross a road safely. Teach them to:

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