Toronto, Ontario – A new campaign in Ontario warns motorists to watch for bicyclists in an effort to reduce the number of collisions between two- and four-wheeled vehicles.
The annual Watch for Bikes campaign has been launched by CAA South Central Ontario (SCO). So far in Toronto, 106 cyclists have been involved in car-bike collisions, and 40 charges of “open vehicle door improperly” have been laid. In 2010, there were approximately 1,290 car-bike collisions in Toronto, CAA SCO said.
“All of these collisions could have been avoided,” said John Ennis, government relations for CAA SCO. “By placing a Watch for Bikes sticker on your driver side mirror, you will be constantly reminded to check for cyclists and other traffic.”
CAA SCO is urging drivers to check carefully for cyclists approaching from behind before they open the vehicle door. The fine for opening a door into a cyclist’s path is $110 and two demerit points. The Watch for Bikes stickers are available at local CAA stores.