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Should Police Officers Hand Out Speeding Tickets to Cyclists?

Should Police Officers Hand Out Speeding Tickets to Cyclists?

Toronto’s High Park is the site of contentious debate between cyclists and police This summer, Toronto’s High Park has become a battleground for cyclists as…

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Toronto’s High Park is the site of contentious debate between cyclists and police
This summer, Toronto’s High Park has become a battleground for cyclists as police and parking enforcement officers wield radar guns and ticket riders traveling at speeds over 20 kilometers per hour (12.4 MPH). According to BlogTO , pedestrians, cyclists, and taxpayers in general are voicing their concern over the legality of the practice and wondering why the police are choosing to spend time and resources pursuing speeding cyclists rather than focusing on preventing cyclist and pedestrian deaths.

In fact, many wonder whether cyclists can be ticketed for speeding at all. “Although bicycles are designated as vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act, cyclists are not subject to the speed limits set by the Act, which apply only to ‘motor vehicles,’” Ian Brisbin, a lawyer in Ontario and founder of VeloLaw.ca explains. But there is an added wrinkle. “The City of Toronto has, however, set the speed limit for ‘vehicles, motorized recreational vehicles, bicycles and personally powered vehicles’ within parks as 20km/h. Toronto is near alone as a major Canadian city enforcing speed limits upon cyclists, and it is worth asking why. Where does this directive come from?”

While Toronto government presents an optimistic view of Vision Zero, the long term road safety plan for the city with the goal of zero injuries or fatalities due to traffic, at least 58 pedestrians and cyclists were killed and 183 were seriously injured in 2021 alone, according to the CBC . Earlier […]

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