Good news for bike safety advocates; a new uniform system for data collection allows for Police to better track ‘dooring’ incidents.
As of November 5, 2013 a new records-management system has been implemented which allows Police to track the number of ‘dooring’ incidents across the City of Toronto. Prior to this new system and in light of the definition of collision changing to exclude ‘dooring incidents’, it was difficult for Police to collect ‘dooring’ information as there was no uniform manner to track ‘dooring’ incidents.
Data will assist in the development of education and enforcement initiatives in the City. The public can also obtain this ‘dooring’ information through the Municipal Freedom of Information Act.
Cycle Toronto’s, Jared Kolb expresses his excitement on this recent development, indicating that a “system to track ‘dooring’ is an important first step to improving safety for cyclists.” He further stated that “we need to know hot spots. We need to know dangerous streets, intersections. It all helps towards creating an action plan reducing ‘dooring’.”
Between 2007 and 2011 an average of 144 ‘dooring’ incidents were reported in Toronto. A reporting system is the foundation for projects aimed at making the streets of Toronto safer for cyclists.
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