Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ottawa
I want to personally thank the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Pathway Program, Right Bike and the Citizens for Safe Cycling. Yesterday they were involved in a fantastic Ottawa safety initiative. 200 bicycle lights were handed out yesterday to cyclists who did not have proper lighting on their bicycles. This is part of a bicycle safety awareness campaign that had Ottawa Police Traffic enforcement officers stopping cyclists who do not have the proper lights on their bicycles. Many volunteers from Citizens for Safe Cycling, Right Bike and the City of Ottawa Pathway Patrol Program provided the free lights and bells and also went as far as showing cyclists how to install them properly.
Cyclists need to be visible when cycling. Cyclists share the road with other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. Now that it is getting darker, these safety measures become much more important.
Common causes of Ottawa Cycling Accidents
Did you know that the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) states that all cyclists must have a working front light and minimum rear reflector, as well as a working bell? The lack of proper lights and bells are the two most common offences Ottawa Police have come across when they have ran enforcement blitzes with a focus on cyclists. Seems to me, there is an easy fix here.
Do what it takes to avoid an Ottawa bicycle accident
Please, ensure that when you are cycling you have taken all precautions for a safe ride. We have lost far too many cyclists here in Ottawa to preventable accidents. On the flip side, to everyone sharing the roads, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, please be aware that you are sharing the roads and remain in control. Any accident can happen in a split second and can be life-altering. Ride, drive and walk safely.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth
Does Ottawa needs a safe cycling educational campaign to help cut down on the number of cyclists killed and injured in Ottawa ? Yes, says the president of Citizens for Safe Cycling. “I think there’s a total lack of awareness with a lot of cyclists, how vulnerable they are,” Hans Moor said in an interview with the Citizen Saturday. “It’s on both sides, of course — the number of drivers you see running red lights, turning right without indicating, driving through stop signs. On both sides, we need more education.”
Moor made the comments at a time when a 71-year-old cyclist was fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a car on Hawthorne Road, just north of Hunt Club Road, early Saturday afternoon. The accident comes in a year that has already seen four cycling fatalities in Ottawa:
- Alex Hayes, a 16-year-old high school student, was biking home from work at MacKinnon’s Foodland in Greely when he was struck by a vehicle and killed on Sept. 10. Forty-year-old Samira Mohamed Daoud has been charged with stealing a vehicle, driving drunk, and criminal negligence causing death.
- A 48-year-old cyclist died of head and neck injuries Sept. 4 after flipping over his handlebars while biking on Somerset Street East in the middle of the night. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
- John Barton, 53, was killed while cycling to work on Aug. 13, when novice driver Aldenia Orchard turned right and hit him with her Chevrolet Tracker.
- 16-year-old Robin Freeman was struck by a motorcycle while riding his BMX bike on Carling Avenue May 16. The driver of the motorcycle, 26-year-old Kyle Ferguson, also died as a result of the crash.
Moor said his organization is considering running an education campaign next year, and would like to partner with the provincial or municipal governments. An ad on the side of an OC Transpo bus featuring the mayor in a bike helmet, urging people to cycle safely, could go a long way toward raising public awareness, he said. Tom Trottier, past president of Citizens for Safe Cycling, said that although cycling deaths can understandably discourage people from biking around the city, in fact safety lies in numbers and the city should do more to encourage cycling. “The more cyclists there are, the safer they are. People get used to them, drivers get used to them, and they get more respect,” Trottier said. Trottier and Moor agreed that the city is taking some positive steps — with new cycle lanes painted on Lyon Street and plans for a pilot project next summer to create a segregated cycle lane east-west across downtown. Mayoral candidate Clive Doucet said the road infrastructure throughout the city should be improved for cyclists. “The only way you’re going to make these things safe is paving the shoulders and creating a dedicated cycle lane,” he said. Mayor Larry O’Brien said the recent spate of cyclist fatalities and injuries is moving cycling from being a social issue to a public safety issue. “The first priority of any government is the safety of its citizens,” he said, noting the city has been working with the NCC and the planning department to address the changes needed. “(The number of accidents) reinforces the need to continue looking at the transportation plan to see where the plan can accommodate cyclists. “The city is active on this file and we can’t take our foot off the gas on this one,” he said.
Source: The Ottawa Citizen
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