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15 things you need to know if you're a cyclist in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 12, 2014

cycling torontoCycling in Toronto, depending on who you ask, is a risky move, a political statement, or an incredibly rewarding way to get yourself from point A to point B. With cycling-focused infrastructure and services steadily on the rise in the city, it's clear the folks who place themselves in the latter category are increasing in number.

But with so much to consider - the multitude of bike stores to shop at, the hair-raising traffic, and the ever-evolving lanes and regulations - getting started can be a bit intimidating. Study up on our handy cheat sheet, and you'll be cruising comfortably across town on two wheels in no time.

Here are 15 things you need to know if you're a cyclist in Toronto.

Sweet Petes Brick WorksGEAR AND BIKE STORES

Where to buy a bike
Toronto has tons of great bike shops that will help you pick the ride that suits your needs, including your riding style and habits (leisurely or bat-out-of-hell), terrain (bike lanes or mountain bike trails), and body geometry. They're way more knowledgeable than your standard big-box store, and will often throw in extras like free tune-ups. If you're hoping to save some cash, used bike stores are another option; other spots specialize in custom road bikes or mountain bikes. (We can't tell you what kind of bike to buy, but we'd recommend something with at least three gears - this city is hilly.)

What extras you'll need
Cyclists under 18 are required to wear helmets while cycling; it's still an excellent idea for cyclists of all ages (talk to any cyclist who's ever had a nasty crash, and the phrase "thank God I was wearing a helmet" will come up at least once). Other (legally) necessary accoutrements include lights, if you're riding after dark (a white light at the front, and a red rear light or reflector in back), and a horn or bell. (You may want to purchase lights that you can easily take off and carry with you - they're popular targets for theft.)

Where to learn to fix your bike yourself
You know that old saying about teaching a man to fish? It's also true in this case; you'll save a ton on tune-up fees and maintenance with a few DIY skills. Toronto has a handful of do-it-yourself repair shops in Toronto, with staff who'll walk you through the process, rent you tools and supply parts for either a donation or a small fee (still way less than you'd pay to have someone else do it for you). Cycle Toronto also holds frequent Tune-Up Tuesday events around the city teaching cyclists basic maintenance skills while offering free tune-ups.

How to use Toronto's bike share program
Toronto's bike-sharing program, the somewhat-beleaguered, recently rechristened Bike Share Toronto, puts hundreds of bikes at your disposal. (Granted, none of them are west of Ossington or east of the Don, but still.) For $90 a year (or $18 per month), you can borrow a bike at one of their stations and return it when you're done. (If you're in a bind, you can also get 24 hours of access for $7 or 72 hours of access for $15.) It's best for short rides, since you start incurring additional fees after 30 minutes. (Another option: Renting a ride at a bike store.)

cycling torontoRIDING IN THE CITY

How to ride in traffic
Basically, just act like a car - a very small car that doesn't include a huge steel frame, which means you have double the incentive to be smart on the road. Make sure you're visible, obey lights and stop signs, and avoid making unpredictable, sudden movements. Familiarize yourself with the rules of the bike lane, and, of course, Toronto cyclists' worst habits. (By the way, don't ride on the sidewalk. Not only is it uncool - if you're riding an adult-sized bike, it's illegal.) Above all else, remain calm - if you feel nervous about riding in traffic, plan your routes around quiet side streets and bike lanes at first. For a full rundown of rules you can check out the Toronto Cyclists Handbook.

Where to find bike lanes and sharrows
Toronto's cycling infrastructure and network is growing year by year; these include separated or raised bike lanes (the kind seen on Roncesvalles or Sherbourne), flat bike lanes, which are demarcated by a painted line, and sharrows, which are demarcated by a bike signal with an arrow, and signal to cyclists and drivers that they are to share the lane. Use the city's online map or Ride The City's online map or app to familiarize yourself with routes. (If you want to influence where the next set of lanes go in Toronto, download the city's Toronto Cycles app, which tracks where and when (and, crucially, why) people ride in the city.)

What the worst roads are for cyclists
Part of staying safe while riding in Toronto is knowing which streets to avoid. Everyone has their picks for worst roads, but there are a few that consistently show up on most people's lists. Pothole-strewn and bike lane-free, Dufferin is a top contender. So too is the Bloor-Danforth corridor, which is always busy and a prime place to get doored. And please be careful on any street that crosses the 401. Darting out of the on ramp lane can be terrifying.

How to avoid the dreaded dooring
It's one of the city's worst cycling hazards - drivers opening their car doors just as cyclists pass by. When passing parked cars, keep your eyes peeled for rear lights that are still on - and if you see them, slow down and ring your bell to make sure they're aware of your presence.

How to coexist peacefully with streetcars
The law states that when a streetcar's doors are open and the red light on the side of the car is on, vehicles need to wait to pass until the light is off and doors are shut - that includes you, cyclist. Often, streetcar drivers will ring their bells at you when they're approaching from behind - mostly in an effort to make sure you know they're coming (best to give them as wide a berth as possible). The biggest streetcar-related challenge for cyclists, though, isn't the vehicles themselves, so much as it is their tracks - those grooves in the road can catch bike tires and lead to an instant faceplant. Keep your eyes peeled for them, and be sure to roll across them at an angle.

Where to go off the beaten path
Toronto has its fair share of bike paths, but sometimes you'll want to get as far away from vehicular traffic as possible. This is why the city's bike trail network is so crucial. Not only is it a fun way to explore our ample ravine space, but some trails also serve as short cuts through the city for savvy commuters. The best area for off-road riding in the city is the network of trails in the Don Valley, which offers options for a variety of skill levels.

cycling torontoAVOIDING THEFT

What kind of locks to use
Bike theft is all too common in Toronto, and a good, solid U-lock is a must. Put as much as you can afford toward your lock; bike store staff often suggest sinking in at least 10% of the retail price of your bike. Sturdy brands you'll commonly find in Toronto shops include Kryptonite and Abus. Cable locks can help deter wheel thieves - loop one through your front and back wheels and secure it to your main lock. The city offers a ton of anti-theft locking tips on their website to better arm yourself against scumbags with lock-breaking tools.

Where to lock your bike
Toronto's city-approved ring and post locks aren't entirely tamper-proof, but they're generally pretty sturdy. The trouble is, they're often tough to find, especially in high-traffic areas with a high commuter population during the daytime. If you're having trouble finding a ring and post, check out the BikeParkTO website and app for a handy map; you can also request one near your workplace or home through the city's website. If you insist on locking to a fence, tree, or other object, proceed with caution - some private businesses have been known to remove offending bikes.

Do you have a cycling tip to share? Leave it in the comments.

Additional writing by Derek Flack. Photos by Paul Flynn/blogTO Flickr pool, Jesse Milns, Xander Labayen/blogTO Flickr pool, Steve Jones/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

68 Comments

Sam / August 12, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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#16 - Don't ride with ear buds in, I know it seems harmless but its very dangerous. Don't scream your concerned about your safety on our roads then go riding with ear buds in.
Potrzebie / August 12, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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#17 - the white light goes on the front, the red light goes on the back. It's a bad idea to confuse other traffic about which direction you are moving.
Potrzebie / August 12, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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#18 - undertake right-turning cars and trucks at your own peril. Though dead you may become, charged the driver will likely not be.
DON'T TEXT WHILE RIDING YOUR BIKE / August 12, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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DON'T TEXT WHILE RIDING YOUR BIKE
Koen / August 12, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Potrzebie's suggestion re not undertaking right-turning cars and trucks is a very important point, and I would suggest 'officially' including it to this article (as an update or something so that the title and the URL don't have to be changed)
S / August 12, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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#19 don't treat public parks like racetracks, especially when there are dedicated bike lanes available in said park.
zeegerman / August 12, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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Pass on the left. ONLY ON THE LEFT.

Also a good rule for motorists with incredibly poor lane discipline.

Sorry for the rant but...

The gov't should balance their need to collect revenue from drivers licences given out like they're from a cracker jack box with the cost to the health care system from issues that arise from passing on the right accidents and generally poor knowledge of the HTA. Might see then that a more strict program would be better for the public.

realistic / August 12, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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# 19 Assume all drivers are impatient, self important, morons who spend most of their time texting.

#20 Assume all cab drivers are even worse.

#21 be prepared to wait decades for proper bicycle infrastructure

Steven / August 12, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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Stay off the sidewalks, wear a helmet, OBEY traffic law and get licenced and insured to pay for the cycling lanes.
Brian / August 12, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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#22: Kevlar Knuckle Gloves for bike lane parkers. Handy.
Jamie / August 12, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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#23 : Repeat: STAY OFF THE SIDEWALK, jackasses.
Duckerz replying to a comment from Potrzebie / August 12, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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If a bike lane there is none, right of way has the car. Dead be you may, fault is yours and driver not.

Seriously, I am a cyclist first, and I wish more of us knew that #1 it's illegal to pass a car on the curbside when it's in the same lane, #2 if you are behind a vehicle (car, bus, or bike) turning right, IT has the right of way and you must wait.. just as another car would.
Liam / August 12, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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Re: #18 - undertake right-turning cars and trucks at your own peril.

I assume this means passing on the right? If so, I second that. It is a problem I observe almost daily on my walk to work (and often involves a bike blowing through a stop sign to perform this). I would definitely suggest adding this, based on my frequent observations (and I'm a traffic engineer and read these studies!)
Gregr / August 12, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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#24 Sidewalks make lovely separated bike lanes #guerrillastyle
Joe / August 12, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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#24 : Never ride side by side with a vehicle at the same speed (vehicle on left, you on right). Said vehicle will randomly enter your lane/space for no reason. No signals given.
Liberty Villain / August 12, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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#25 : Hold your spot in the queue when waiting at a red light.

It's so annoying when I pass a fellow bicycle commuter on the left (mostly because they're riding too slowly), only to have the same slowpoke pull up right beside you at a red light, followed by them jumping in front of you again.
Liberty Villain / August 12, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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#26: Hand signals, Use them.

Too many riders fail to do this, and those that do, maybe half of them do it properly.
Shawn / August 12, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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First comment here needs to be taken more seriously. You need to be aware of your surroundings on your bike, and headphones take away your hearing. It doesn't matter if you're listening to anything or not.

My big problems with cyclists are when they're on the sidewalk. I have entirely too many near misses with bikes coming up silently and quickly behind me on the sidewalk. Spadina is the worst for this, and there's a bike lane.
Law guy / August 12, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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"Seriously, I am a cyclist first, and I wish more of us knew that #1 it's illegal to pass a car on the curbside when it's in the same lane, #2 if you are behind a vehicle (car, bus, or bike) turning right, IT has the right of way and you must wait.. just as another car would."

The issue with this is that although often very stupid, it's NOT illegal if one can pass on the right safely. The lane lines make no difference. Try not to spread FUD about the law.

There is no reputable source that will say it is illegal to pass someone on the right MERELY based on the fact that they're in the same lane. If there's plenty of room, it's plenty legal.

Also:

#27 - Realize that at a certain price-point, your lock will in fact be more secure than the city bike post itself. I've seen far more rings snapped off of bike posts (or snapped in half) than I've seen quality locks laying on the ground. And this isn't just because thieves take the lock.
Marc Levy / August 12, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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Highway Traffic Act
147. (1) Any vehicle travelling upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at that time and place shall, where practicable, be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 147 (1).
Jeremy replying to a comment from realistic / August 12, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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re: Assume all drivers are impatient, self important, morons who spend most of their time texting.

Also assume most cyclists are the same, or worse (especially university students).
oh / August 12, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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#28: Stop the "ghost bike" trend. Its pointless.
Bob / August 12, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Also from MTO website: "When a motorist is making a right-hand turn, cyclists can either stay behind the vehicle or pass the right-turning vehicle on the left by shoulder checking, signalling, shoulder checking again and then passing on the left. Never pass a right-turning vehicle on the right."
Tim / August 12, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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#29 When you see a friend or someone else on the sidewalk you'd like to stop and chat with, get out of the bike lane whether it's a painted lane or not. Get off your bike and get onto the sidewalk to chat otherwise your just like cars that pull into the bike lane.I shouldn't have to go around you on the broken up road and into traffic.

I should be able to ride as close to the curb as I feel necessary.
Nick replying to a comment from Liberty Villain / August 12, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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Re. @Liberty Villain's #26: definitely use hand signals, even the stop signal. I have found that signalling that I'm stopping about 90%* of the time results in drivers actually stopping _behind_ me. When I don't signal a stop, about 90% of the time car drivers will squeeze beside me at the stop sign. Not sure what the psychology is here, but the results are quite amazing (*sample size of about 400 stop instances over the past couple of years).
gr1 replying to a comment from Sam / August 12, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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By your logic, cars should ride with their windows down and no music on then, no?
Nick / August 12, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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#30: Remember that everyone else on the road wishes you and every other cyclist did not exist. Delivery trucks, buses, streetcars, private cars, taxis...everyone. Not to mention our mayor thinks you don't deserve the right to road space and that if you should happen to, you know, die, it's your own fault.
Linda / August 12, 2014 at 05:00 pm
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Don't assume cars see you when you make a turn......they are bigger than you.
Sam / August 12, 2014 at 05:39 pm
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No by my logic vehicle drivers should not plug thier ears with ear buds or ear phones either.
p3b0 / August 12, 2014 at 05:40 pm
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ALSO: you will see WHITE DOTS on the road at certain lights. roll up onto these with your bicycle. these are bicycle actuated signals. rolling onto the dots will change the light.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e5ce0995bbbc1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&;vgnextchannel=a983970aa08c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
Jake / August 12, 2014 at 05:41 pm
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#31 Carry ninja rocks
Steve replying to a comment from Steven / August 12, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Bike lanes are paid the same way city roads are paid for through property taxes something everyone with a Toronto address pays. Licensing fees and insurance does not pay for roads, one goes into general revenues and the other goes to private insurers.
Unfortunately people like will never understand that, rant all you want you just sound foolish.
dtdavecyclist replying to a comment from Liberty Villain / August 12, 2014 at 06:04 pm
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I can't agree with you more. There are a lot of poor cyclists in Toronto that do this. They are just making the road a more dangerous place for everyone.
DJ / August 12, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Cyclists need to follow the rules of the road just like any other car and NOT just the rules that are most convenient to them
Concupiscurd replying to a comment from Potrzebie / August 12, 2014 at 06:38 pm
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Re: undertaking right-turning vehicles; this is such a common occurrence that it really does merit inclusion into a list. I've seen so many close calls where cyclists pass right turning vehicles and invariably the cyclists feel such entitled agrievement as if the cars should have known the cyclist was in their blind spot.
Vince / August 12, 2014 at 06:46 pm
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#00 Respect STOP signs - come to a FULL stop and proceed only when it is safe and appropriate.
B / August 12, 2014 at 07:26 pm
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#31: Encourage better looking people to participate in the yearly "naked bike" ride.
Hyph3n replying to a comment from Bob / August 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm
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Yeah, tell this to the guy who started angrily yelling and gesturing at me while I was driving a moving van full of my stuff last August. Checked my mirror, didn't see him, signalled my turn, and started to turn right.

Suddenly there he is with shouts and fingers. Well, one finger.

Not my fault you don't know the rules of the road, friend, but it would have surely turned into another "MOTORIST KILLS CYCLIST" narrative had the worst occurred.

Also: I don't own a car, and my bike is my primary mode of transportation in the summer.
ROB FORD ON CRACK / August 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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Get a car,preferably a Cadillac Escalade. Stay off my roads pinkos!

James / August 13, 2014 at 12:11 am
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#32 Bikes are a great way of transportation. Toronto is built on East-West, North-South. But it doesn't really matter!
Tracy / August 13, 2014 at 07:32 am
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When a car is turning right, the bike is supposed to go around.
Liz replying to a comment from gr1 / August 13, 2014 at 09:42 am
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The point made is correct- to properly pay attention to surroundings, one shouldn't be wearing headphones. As a cyclist and driver in the city, I'm well aware that, while on my bike, I'm missing that comfortable metal shell and the myriad of reflective surfaces to assist seeing around me. If you choose to wear earbuds, carry a coffee, chat on your phone while one handed driving, I believe you're actually breaking city cycling by laws. I could be wrong about those being by laws (although I'm sure I've seen this in print), but even if they aren't, it's plain stupid to not be fully alert while riding your metal frame on wheels.
Wendy / August 13, 2014 at 09:51 am
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Obey the law please!!!! You are not above it.

Also, when a driver is outside of the car already and you are coming from behind, the driver is now a pedestrian. You need to slow down!
mike in parkdale / August 13, 2014 at 10:08 am
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demanding that cyclists make full stops at signs on side streets is like demanding that all cars faithfully obey the speed limit - flow of traffic means something for cyclists too, and a rolling stop with a shoulder check CAN replace a full stop at an empty intersection.

rule #33:

Never assume that people will look both ways (or even one way) before walking on to multi-purpose trail or bike path.
hamish / August 13, 2014 at 11:57 am
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Good to have this list as a starting point, and also the back and forth and further suggestions in the comments. A cyclist gave the inspiration for the term "passhole" - but absolutely a lot of motorists/truckers/cabs are in this category.
Glad you noted the streetcar track issues: they are a completely uncounted category of harms that would make the crash stats on the main E/W roads (except Bloor/Danforth) solid black lines. At times, construction/cabbies etc. do NOT give warning/space for a textbook angled crossing, and I often try to lift up the front wheel to "hop" the front wheel over and it seems to help.
The TTC and the City like to keep biking dangerous as it means the captive riders won't diminish the money taken in from the core so the suburbs get the $upport they deserve/want. These suburbs have outvoted for a few years, doing increased safety on Bloor/Danforth, best for E/W bike lanes since 1992. The City hasn't even done a bit of Bloor St. E. in the Bike Plan since 2001 either, though it'd be maybe $20,000 to repaint it.
Jim Smith / August 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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Stop signs and red lights apply to you as well. While I realize many will never follow this, at least slow down and watch for pedestrians that have the right of way.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been nearly mowed down as a pedestrian by a cyclist that blew threw a red or a stop sign
Gro up psycholists / August 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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From the first photo, is the cyclist illegally on the sidewalk at Queen and River? Figures.
Duckerz replying to a comment from Law guy / August 13, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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I stand/cycle corrected. It's not illegal in all contexts, but it IS in the context we were talking about. You can NOT pass on the inside when the vehicle in front of you is turning.

However, well done nitpicking and focusing on the wrong part of the paragraph just to prove your point, mr law fella.
ROB FORD NOT ON CRACK / August 13, 2014 at 04:56 pm
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Get a car, preferably a Cadillac Escalade. Stay off my roads, stinkos.
jen replying to a comment from Hyph3n / August 13, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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Did you do a shoulder check along with your mirror check? Mirrors won't show you the cyclist if he is in your blind spot. That's probably why you didn't see the guy and he started yelling at you...likely you cut him off.

Drivers should really do shoulder checks more often.
alanna l. replying to a comment from oh / August 14, 2014 at 12:08 am
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how, exactly, is it pointless to have a memorial to someone who died?
I stop and give thought to these when I come across them and I'd like to think others (both cyclists and motorists) do the same.
I think they are a great educational tool for all and healing tool for those affected by the specific tragedy.
alanna l. replying to a comment from Liberty Villain / August 14, 2014 at 12:11 am
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ugh, tell me about it.
I ride at an average, to quick, speed and obey all traffic signals. There is nothing worse than a slow cyclist who will pass you, running a red light, only to get in your way a few seconds later where you'll pass them again and then they'll run the red...
Jas replying to a comment from jen / August 14, 2014 at 12:28 am
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Shoulder checks are great advice; however, they are impossible in a truck (he did say he was driving a truck, not a car).

Also, for that reason, truck mirrors are way larger and can "see" more than the ones on a car.

Conclusion: that bike-guy most probably rode like the wind right onto the edge of the intersection, totally ignored the fact that there was a right-turning truck at said intersection, he failed to give the right of way, and then he was ready for "war", with the finger already up. Sounds way more plausible to me.
Jas replying to a comment from Gro up psycholists / August 14, 2014 at 12:45 am
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The first photo is actually taken riding north ON THE BIKE PATH (you can see the road markings) at the Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge, Cherry St,
Toronto, ON, so everyone can be at peace now ;) (the yellow sign with the arrow says "Cyclists dismount here to cross the bridge". We will assume they did :P )
TraderZed / August 14, 2014 at 05:06 pm
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Anticipate.

It's probably the best advice I can give. Be aware of your surroundings and try to anticipate what is going to happen next. Look 2-3 cars ahead and see what's happening, shoulder check often and be predictable, that includes using hand signals and making eye contact with drivers and other cyclists.

Remember that once you start riding, you are part of traffic. It's not time to ride beside your friend and chat. It's not time to text or listen to music. It's not time to look at the lovely shops. It's time to f'n pay attention and ride.

That said, cycling is a lot of fun! Just remember that your decisions impact what is happening around you. Don't be foolish!
Sarah replying to a comment from Sam / August 14, 2014 at 08:32 pm
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Hey Sam, I sometimes ride with earbuds in but I'm never listening to anything - they are permanently attached to my phone which is often in my jacket pocket. They are permanently attached to my phone and in my ears because I use the microphone to answer call - I don't want to get brain cancer! But I never listen to anything, or have phone conversations, while riding. Don't make assumptions!
s.omar replying to a comment from Potrzebie / August 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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This is one rule I'm still puzzled about. Who has the right of way when a car is waiting to turn right across a bike lane? I've always assumed that the car has the right of way when there's no bike lane (if a bicycle should behave like a vehicle, than you shouldn't be passing a right-turning car on the inside), but what about when there is a bike lane?
onlyonebody / August 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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Wear a helmet, neck brace and back brace for protection while on your bike. No practical? Well neither is being splattered on the sidewalk with you brain saved thanks to a helmet, and your neck and/or back broken. Living the life of a quadriplegic is not very practical. Matter of fact riding a bicycle in Toronto, and contending with cars, streetcars, and buses is extremely not practical!
Lauren / August 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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Cyclist should pay for registering their bikes, obtaining a bike permit, take cycling safety exams, and have insurance on their bikes. This would hopefully ensure that they would be aware of the rules of the road and cycle safely. Driving a car on Toronto roads is a privilege, and so should cycling on roads. Perhaps drivers would respect cyclist more if they showed that they actually cared about the rules of the road, road safety, and knew what they were doing. Conversely, if this were never to happen, and bike lanes instituted on roads while reducing lanes for motorist, then driving registration fees, driver's licence fees, and driver's insurance should be reduced. Fair is fair, everyone using the roads should be educated in doing so, and pay their fair share for the privilege.
Help me understand replying to a comment from s.omar / August 15, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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Agreed– I'm also unsure about this. Anyone able to answer this?

Also, I know it's all about using your own best judgement, but when I'm cycling on College St with or without bike lanes with a lot of bike traffic and all are passing on the right side while a car is waiting to turn right, I too will stay on the right side. It just seems to be annoying to cyclists and drivers when I pass on the left and everyone else stays on the right. Should I just make it a habit to pass on the left regardless? (Again, obviously being mindful of what seems safe at that moment)
sniper replying to a comment from Jim Smith / August 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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We should be allowed to fire at any cyclists who blow through stop signs and red lights, that way I wouldn't have to drive to the gun club for target practice.
Dan replying to a comment from Lauren / August 16, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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As has been discussed ad nauseum, the level of bureaucracy that entails makes it extremely unlikely. Not to mention the fact that based on road usage, space on roads, damage to roads, health costs, and pollution, cyclists already pay more than their fair share of the taxes required for road maintenance. They also don't kill or injure people at the same rate as motor vehicles. Driver fees and taxes will never go down, nor should they. Automobile infrastructure is already enormously subsidized.
Dan replying to a comment from Lauren / August 16, 2014 at 01:19 pm
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(That was in reply to "Lauren"'s comment on cyclist registration. Something that has been tried before and failed every time.)
Dan replying to a comment from Gro up psycholists / August 16, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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"From the first photo, is the cyclist illegally on the sidewalk at Queen and River? Figures. "

No, that is where the cyclist is required to ride. If you checked the photo for more than a tenth of a second you'd notice the blue line indicating the divide down the bike lane.
Perhaps you should "gro up" yourself, but that's probably asking too much.
Adam H. replying to a comment from s.omar / August 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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Drivers are required to turn right from the right lane, not a lane to the left. The bike lane is the right lane.

If a driver does not properly merge into the bike lane to turn right (absent cases like separated lanes) then they are performing an illegal right turn.
Psyminh / August 26, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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I'm surprised the article (and the comments) didn't mention registering your bike with the police. There's an easy online form, and it helps police identify your bike in case it's stolen. https://webapp1.torontopolice.on.ca/BicycleRegistry/Submit
Terry Crisp / August 27, 2014 at 12:59 am
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If you mess with bike couriers, you'll lose. If youre being a dick they'll happily take off your side view mirror or side window and take off before you know whats happened. And likely laugh about it with their asshole friends about it later. I effin hate those guys. But take it from experience, theyre impossible to catch.

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