Toronto Police officers held a bike and pedestrian safety blitz along the city's Danforth Avenue on Tuesday. The goal was to get cyclists thinking about safety as the weather conditions are changing.
“We want to get out there and educate the public,” said Sgt. Jack West of the Toronto Police. “It's getting darker out now as we're getting closer to the winter months, and bicycles are extremely small units. It's important that they been seen and they be heard.”
That means ensuring that every bicycle in the city has a light attached to it, along with a bell or horn.
“It's a real concern now with the change in weather,” explains West. “It's very dark out here, and in a half-hour period [Tuesday morning] we issued 11 tickets for cyclists not having lights on their bicycles.”
Still, West says there are other concerns when it comes to the elements, including more leaves on the roadways and dampness on the roads.
“For bicycles and pedestrians both it's very important to wear some bright reflective clothing,” he says.
West also adds that the conditions can change half-way through the season.
“We're getting into the cooler weather. There's going to be snow on the roads, back ice and frost, and that's going to really affect your stopping distance,” he says.
Officers will be keeping a close eye on cyclists to ensure that their bikes and safety equipment are in working order.