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Outrage after dangerous speed bump puts well-known Toronto cyclist in hospital

Toronto's cycling community is showing support for a cyclist who was seriously injured last Thursday, and anger over the infrastructure they claim is responsible for his injuries.

Eli Cruz Lopez, a prolific Toronto cyclist who logged 1,474 kilometres on his bike in September alone, collided with a speed bump along the Bloor Street cycle tracks near Ellis Park Road on Thursday, in conditions that have triggered outrage from the cycling community.

Lopez was hospitalized with a broken pelvis and ribs after colliding with a recently-installed speed bump at the edge of the Bloor Street cycling track.

It's argued that the new speed bump's low profile and positioning are to blame for the cyclist's injuries, with one tweet visualizing and explaining the issue that traffic entering the intersection forces bikes towards the speed bump, a problem that will likely only grow worse when the first dusting of snow arrives.

"Serious safety hazard, needs immediate removal," reads one comment on Twitter, adding that "No cycle infrastructure should EVER be so low to the ground without a large wide upright reflective indicator to warn well in advance."

Along with outrage over the infrastructure, the incident has triggered an outpouring of generosity through a GoFundMe campaign.

The campaign has already surpassed its $20,000 goal to support Lopez and his recovery through the generosity of donors, with one anonymous donor even contributing $4,000 towards the fundraiser.

A representative of the city tells blogTO that the speed bump is the result of "feedback on conflicts between people cycling and turning vehicles."

"The project goals are to minimize cyclists exposure to conflicts with turning vehicles, reduce vehicle speeds and conflict points, communicate right-of-way priority and provide adequate sight distance."

"The intersection of Ellis Park Road and Bloor Street received public feedback since the bikeway was installed that there were remaining conflicts between people cycling and turning vehicles."

"The speed hump on Ellis Park Rd in the bike lane buffer was installed to slow drivers turning right and left from Bloor. Prior to its installation, a 'near miss' conflict analysis was conducted. It showed that for every 1000 eastbound cyclists, there was 7.3 near misses at an average vehicle speed of 15.1 km/h for right-turning vehicles and 20.2 near misses at an average speed of 17.3 km/hr."

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