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June 17, 2002
Toronto launches Sidewalks are for Pedestrians campaign
Today the City of Toronto launched the Sidewalks are for Pedestrians campaign,
promoting safe and responsible cycling in the city, for cyclists and

Helping to make cyclists aware of the dangers involved in sidewalk cycling were
Councillor Jane Pitfield (Ward 26 Don Valley West), Councillor Olivia Chow
(Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and Inspector Wally McCourt, Toronto Police Traffic
Services Officer.

"Many cyclists ride on the sidewalk because they are afraid of cars," said
Councillor Chow. "But choosing to do so does not eliminate the risk of car and
bike collisions. In fact, 30 per cent of all Toronto car and bike collisions
involve sidewalk cycling."

Councillor Jane Pitfield added, "Sidewalks are for pedestrians. There have been
far too many casualties with bicycles on sidewalks and we all need to work
together, pedestrians and cyclists, to get this important message out."

The City bylaw states that bicycles with wheels larger than 61 cm (24 inches)
are prohibited from riding on City sidewalks. The intent of the bylaw is to
allow young children to cycle on the sidewalk while they are learning to ride,
and to keep adult cyclists on the street so that sidewalks are safer for

With the arrival of summer fast approaching, cyclists are asked to follow City
bylaws designed to prevent conflicts between pedestrians and motorists.

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