Two more cyclists have died recently, and we're fed up with drivers who think their hunks of steel and glass own the road. They're making the same dumb moves over and over again. Time to rid them of their sense of entitlement and drag them through a wholesale re-education -- starting here.
1: The drive-out
Usually characterized by Oblivious motorists "T-boning" cyclists at intersections.
The scary part Shockingly, these collisions, the most common between bikes and motorists, occur mostly at intersections with stop signs or traffic lights. And most involve kids. Blame the cyclists, you say? The same study found that fewer than 3 per cent of the more than 1,200 bike-car collisions that occur each year are caused by cyclists disobeying stop signs or red lights.
2: The blow-by
Usually characterized by Rush of steel followed by blow from passing vehicles' rear-view mirror - if you're lucky. Almost certain death if you're not.
The scary part Four of every 10 cycling-related deaths in the city each year are caused by motorists trying to overtake bikes. About 300 accidents, some 12 per cent of all car-bike collisions every year, are caused by cars overtaking cyclists. But that's only counting those that are reported, and some estimate that as many as 90 per cent of bike collisions go unreported.
3: The cutoff
Usually characterized by Drivers who don't bother to check their blind spot.
Scary part Wearing brightly coloured clothes or using a big bike horn that goes honk won't save you from driver negligence. Neither, for that matter, will a red light. Roughly 200 right-on-red collisions occur every year in Toronto, three-quarters of them in outlying areas. Burb bicyclists, beware.
4: The door prize
Usually characterized by Stupidity.
The scary part Injuries sustained in "dooring" incidents are often the most severe. Scarier still is the fact that cabbies are overrepresented in these crashes, their passengers accounting for 15 per cent of the 300-plus dooring-related crashes that occur every year.
5: The squeeze play
Usually characterized by Drivers who can't bear the thought of sharing a lane with another vehicle, ie a bike.
Scary part Bikes account for 17 per cent of vehicles on major arterials, and about 10 per cent of downtown core residents use bikes as their main means of transportation. It's time motorists gave cyclists a little more room to motor.
The 10 most dangerous intersections for cyclists*
1. Bay and Edward 2. Bathurst and College 3. Bathurst and Davenport 4. Bloor West and St. Thomas 5. Church and Wellesley 6. Queen and Yonge 7. College and Shaw 8. Dundas and Shaw 9. College and University 10. Queen and Spadina
* From City of Toronto's Transpotation Services. Based on number and severity of collisions in 2004.
Photos by: Rick McGinnis, Darren Stehr, David Barker Maltby, Ben Mark Holzberg