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Toronto Youth Biking Death
Pat Brown May 25, 2017

How many tragedies do we need in Toronto before we invest in keeping Vulnerable Road Users safe?

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Ellens Law Bike Law Canada
Pat Brown Jan 10, 2017

Update:  ‘Ellen’s law’ gets endorsement from Saint John city council

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Bike Law Canada Community Safety Zones
Pat Brown Dec 20, 2016

Firstly, before even embarking on this issue, I want to express extreme concern that no steps have been made to bring in Vulnerable Road User Laws (VRUL) in Ontario.  A request has been made and supported by the City of Toronto, Cycle TO, Friends and Families for Safe Streets, Walk To, United Senior Citizens of Ontario, […]

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Bad Bicycle Crash Reporting in Canada
Pat Brown Aug 26, 2016

As a bike crash lawyer, I have seen far too many crashes that get unfairly reported when a vulnerable road user such as a cyclist or pedestrian is involved.  There is a tendency to turn the initial focus on the conduct of the victim.   This sets up a situation of victim blaming and promotes the […]

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Pat Brown Jun 27, 2016

Although we negatively judge our American neighbours repeatedly over their gun laws, when the weapon is a car (and it is used to seriously hurt or kill a cyclist or pedestrian) they are way ahead of us and find our system appalling. A large number of States have already passed Vulnerable Road User Laws and […]

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Pat Brown Mar 08, 2016

Recently in Toronto, a young skateboarder was run down and killed when a taxi driver intentionally smashed his taxi into him. The driver was sentenced to four years.  The sentence has been criticized by some as too stiff, and the lawyer for the taxi driver is appealing the penalty. Here’s the video.  Watch as the […]

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Pat Brown Aug 06, 2015

An overview of the bicycling laws that apply when riding in Ontario.

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Pat Brown Jun 09, 2015

Over forty years ago, in the United States, Wisconsin led the way in introducing the three-foot law. Recently, Bike Law reported that Wyoming joined the 25 other States that have similar legislation. I am pleased to say that on June 2nd, Ontario finally passed the “One Meter Passing Law” (or for our southern, metrically challenged friends, the “three-foot […]

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