Category: Pedestrians & Cyclists

Most people rejoice at the annual setting back of the clocks: the extra hour of sleep is a most welcome bonus at a time of year that’s beginning to get dark and dreary. Research shows there’s a noticeable spike in motor vehicle collisions after we “spring forward” early in the year, a fact that makes […]

Halloween is tomorrow, and popular advice tends to be focused on how children can keep themselves safe while trick-or-treating: being visible by using lots of reflective tape and flashlights, choosing face paint rather than masks or hoods, making sure costumes aren’t tripping hazards, and being extra careful when crossing the street. This is all good […]

A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention reveals some troubling data about Ontario children involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Dr. Linda Rothman, a senior research associate at Sick Kids and the study’s lead author, puts it bluntly: “Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. Child pedestrian […]

Listeners of CBC’s Sunday Edition recently heard Michael Enright’s short but scathing essay on pedestrian deaths in Canada’s large cities such as Toronto. In it, Enright suggests that the problem with road deaths is that “nobody cares”. “The politicians who run the police department don’t care. If they did, they would put more cops with […]

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, and the contents are grim: globally, 1.35 million people die every year in road traffic crashes. Warning that drastic action is needed, the report notes that “the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist.”  […]

Could Ontario finally be getting serious about real consequences for drivers who endanger pedestrians and cyclists? We’ve written before about penalties for drivers who hit pedestrians or other vulnerable road users and how the consequences are often grossly inadequate considering the injury or fatality they are responsible for. It’s been a while since Ontario last […]

In a recent WSIB case, an interesting issue arose as to whether a commissioned door-to-door salesperson, who was hit by a car while crossing the street on his lunch break, was acting “in the course of his employment” within the meaning of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA). The car that […]

There’s no doubt: one of the most revolutionary innovations of the 21st century has got to be self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles or AVs). Though the possibility of self-driving cars has been around for many years, it wasn’t until the Ontario government announced that an official pilot program for driverless vehicles would be […]

A $500 fine for causing a fatal road accident. “A slap on the wrist” seems like the understatement of the year, doesn’t it? The Toronto Star recently ran an excellent piece on the relatively small price that drivers who fatally injury pedestrians pay for their actions. David Rider’s article, Ontario drivers in deadly collisions often […]

Earlier this month, yet another tragic cycling accident made headlines in Ottawa: the death of 23-year old Nusrat Jahan, killed in a collision with a construction truck while bicycling in the Laurier Avenue bike lane on September 1st. The accident was one in a rash of vehicle-bike collisions in the Ottawa area earlier this month. […]