Bike tragedy survivors join cycle rally calling for safer streets

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The rally took place on Saturday, June 2nd at Queen’s Park. There was a great turnout and the message was clear – it’s time for the provincial government to play an active role in making streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. SafeTrucks members were easy to spot with their striking new banner!

From the Toronto Star:

Even with a crowd of cyclists around her, Karen MacNeil Hartmann admitted the thought of steering her bicycle down a Toronto street was terrifying.

It’s been more than five years since Hartmann’s husband, Ulrich, was struck and killed by a cement truck at the corner of Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. while riding his bicycle home from his Bell Canada job.

 In a city notorious for unsafe streets, Hartmann and her two children — Samantha, now 14, and Adam, 10 — have since erred on the side of caution and avoided the risks of bike riding downtown.

“I just get nervous,” Hartmann said.

On Saturday afternoon, however, the Hartmann family hauled their bikes, bells and helmets down to High Park and joined some 1,000 cyclists who pedalled through Toronto streets to demand provincial action on bike lanes and pedestrian safety.

 

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