Cycling Death Review – Coroner’s Report Released

This month, the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario released its report reviewing all 129 accidental cycling deaths in Ontario between 2006 and 2010. The report notes that every cycling death reviewed was preventable and includes 14 recommendations, each supported by data from the cases reviewed. These recommendations fit into four categories put forward by the report; Infrastructure, Education, Enforcement, Legislation.

While there has been much attention and discussion about the recommendation calling for mandatory helmet legislation, recommendations for infrastructure, education, and enforcement also have great potential to make cycling safer. Notably, the first recommendation proposes a complete streets approach for new and redeveloping communities. This theme recognizes the importance of physical roadway characteristics in making our streets safer for cyclists (and all road users in general).
The complete report, with details of all 14 details recommendations, is available online. TCAT’s contribution to the call for public feedback is available on our website.

Posted On: June 27, 2012