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Archive: Bike Law Canada

Ellens Law Bike Law Canada
Jan 10, 2017

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

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Bike Law Canada Community Safety Zones
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
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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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 Influential Lawyer
Jun 02, 2016

Patrick Brown of Bike Law Canada has been nominated for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s 25 Most Influential! We would not only like to congratulate Pat, but ask that you take the time to vote for him due to his efforts advocating for cyclists. Pat is a proud founding member and past director of Cycle Toronto (formerly Toronto Cyclist Union) […]

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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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Feb 18, 2016

Dooring crashes.  You know the danger if you live in any U.S. or Canadian city where older roads have been retrofitted with bike lanes. Those bike facilities are often shoehorned into the space next to car parking. When car passengers open their door without looking, they can hit passing bikers. Here’s how Daniel Flanzig, a […]

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Jan 15, 2016

Lawyer Patrick Brown, a member of the Bike Law network in Canada, is lobbying for “vulnerable road user” laws in his region, much like the laws adopted by some U.S. states to protect bicyclists and pedestrians. Brown was recently interviewed by thestar.com about the need for stiffer penalties for motorists who kill other road users, […]

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Aug 06, 2015

After riding for years and practicing bike law in Ontario, I felt it important to put together a brief overview of the laws that apply when riding in Ontario. I hope it helps and if you have any questions or need help, please feel free to contact me through the Ontario Bike Law page. What […]

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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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Jun 05, 2014

Bike Law Vance here.  Last week, Bike Law Ann wrote a passionate blog post about a morning ride in Charlotte, North Carolina and close calls she had with motorists. The post went viral, getting over 10,000 views. What followed was a “debate” in the comments to the post, including some violent ones threatening cyclists on […]

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