Ontario's Chief Coroner Releases Cycling Death Review
14 Recommendations to help prevent cycling deaths in Ontario
Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, today released the Office of the Chief Coroner's Cycling Death Review. This important provincial review was undertaken as a result of concern, both from the public and within the Office of the Chief Coroner, surrounding the issue of cycling safety.
The review was led by Dr. Dan Cass, Deputy Chief Coroner - Investigations, with the assistance of a number of stakeholders. It examined the circumstances of 129 deaths that occurred from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010. The findings of the review include recommendations that target infrastructure, education, legislation and enforcement.
"I am very pleased with the report in that it clearly shows just how preventable cycling deaths are. Awareness and respect for the rules of the road by all road users are integral to preventing these deaths," said Dr. McCallum.
Dr. Cass would like to express his appreciation to all of the members of the public who wrote to him with their comments, suggestions and in some cases, tragic stories. "It was extremely helpful for my colleagues and I to read the public submissions, many of which were not only helpful from a research perspective but, from a personal perspective as well," said Dr. Cass.
"Clearly, cycling safety is an important issue for Ontarians. We believe that if these 14 recommendations are implemented it will save the lives of many cyclists in Ontario, and will allow so many more people to enjoy the great benefits of cycling by providing a safer cycling environment," said Patrick Brown, a lawyer who participated in the review representing a coalition of cycling advocacy groups, including Cycle Toronto.