Toronto police held a 3 day long “Bike Blitz” last week, handing out 400 tickets. Officers targeted the area east of Yonge and south of Eglington, and worked 24 hour shifts for 3 days. Apparently, there has been an increase in the number of collisions between bikes and vehicles lately, and they are hoping the blitz will decrease accidents in the fall months when collisions typically increase. Of the tickets given, 27 were for riding on the sidewalk, over 100 were for not having a horn/bell, and over 200 were for pedestraisn or cyclists not stopping for a red light, stop sign, or don’t walk sign.
The bicycling community in Windsor has been asking for a “bike blitz” for some time, or at least enforcement of sidewalk cycling laws in areas with high pedestrian traffic or bike lanes.