Let's face it; both cyclists and pedestrians have it bad in Toronto and Hamilton. If it's not cyclists getting hit by cars it's pedestrians getting upended by cyclists. And why? Because there's no room!
The other day I was visiting my friend at the north end of Bayview. On my drive south I passed the ghost bike dedicated to Alan Tamane, mowed down in June 2007. As I turned onto Front Street, near the foot of Parliament, I saw a young lady sprawled on the tarmac staring up at the grill of a car, her mangled bike crumpled against the curb.
The letter writers describe the problems faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets, "roads are made wider for motorized traffic and sidewalks are slimmed down" says one. But they go on to suggest remedial measures such as bike licensing and better enforcement. Isn't a more obvious and effective solution apparent?
Cyclists and pedestrians in Toronto and Hamilton need more space and until we get that these accidents will continue to happen.
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