The Toronto City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on how to regulate bicycle safety, including how to best encourage cyclists to wear helmets and take more frequent, frequent, more frequent steps to protect themselves from collisions.
The hearing is part of the city’s bike plan, which calls for cyclists to be encouraged to wear helmet or reflective gear.
“The city’s plan calls for a safe cycling infrastructure,” said Coun.
“It’s the only plan that actually addresses the issue of bicycle safety.”
The hearing comes as a recent spate of deaths has been blamed on collisions involving bikes, and the city is considering whether to charge drivers more for their tickets.
Layton has called for a helmet law.
“What we need to do is get people off the streets, and then, what’s the next thing to do?
How do we get the infrastructure built to allow people to safely cycle, and make sure they’re getting the proper safety training?”
The council will be hearing from an expert panel that will look at how to get cyclists to use a bike lane, make the streets safer for cyclists, and improve traffic flow.
The committee will also consider measures to help cyclists make up for lost time in city services.
It is a new topic for the city, and Layton, who is the chair of the bike plan committee, says he’s excited to bring it up.
“The council is a city of ideas, so we’re hoping that we can talk about these things with the public,” Layton explained.
“We’ll do the best we can to get the public engaged and be able to get it right.
It’s an issue that is very important to us.”
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(CBC) The City of Toronto’s bike-safety plan will be discussed at Monday’s public hearing at City Hall.
The plan includes measures such as a new “Cycling Advisory Committee” that will review bike lanes, bike parking and bike-share stations.
“There are a lot of people who would love to get on a bike, and it’s one of the biggest transportation investments that has been made in the city,” said Mayor John Tory, adding that he has been “actively engaging with” the city on the plan.
Tory also said he’s concerned about the growing number of cyclist deaths.
“If we’re going to have a high level of cycling in this city, we’re also going to need to make sure we have good infrastructure for people who are going to want to cycle, so that we’re not just putting these cyclists out on the streets to get a ride home,” Tory said.
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“A lot of this comes down to the safety of the rider and the rider’s ability to make the decision that they want to take on that bike,” said Layton of the public hearing.
“A lot can be done to improve visibility for cyclists on streets, to make bike lanes safer for people to get around on, and also to make things a little bit more welcoming to people who may be new to riding a bike.”
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A study conducted last year found that cyclists need to spend about $12,000 to travel the equivalent of 30 miles on a single bike, compared to $3,400 for non-cyclists.
The city has made cycling more attractive to new riders by offering discounts on helmet and reflective gear, and by increasing the number of bike lanes.
“One of the things we want to make clear is that the majority of the cycling experience that we have is not an easy experience for a new cyclist to have,” said Ford.
“And so what we want is to make it as easy as possible for people in the future to enjoy that experience.”