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RSS Feeds`You think you´re being safe ... but I still watched her die`: Cyclists share their fears about Toronto`s streets
(The Star Fashion & Style)

 
 

15 june 2018 03:41:23

 
`You think you´re being safe ... but I still watched her die`: Cyclists share their fears about Toronto`s streets
(The Star Fashion & Style)
 




Lindsay Williams was biking west on the north side of Bloor St. near St. George St. Tuesday afternoon and was stopped at a red light when she saw, on the southeast corner, a truck hit a cyclist.She immediately ran into the intersection to try to stop traffic and see if she could help.But it was too late for 58-year-old Dalia Chako, who died at the scene.“I was so scared I didn’t even go on my bike again,” said Williams, a social outreach worker who relies on cycling to get to work and around the city.She walked her bike all the way home that day and has since been taking the TTC, not sure when she’ll muster enough courage to return to pedalling. Williams noted the woman appeared to be in the bike lane and was wearing a helmet. Neither guarantee safety.“You think you’re being safe and you’re protecting yourself, but I still watched her die,” she said. “You start to think you’re going to be hit all the time no matter what you do.”Read more:‘She LOVED to ride her bike’: Cyclist killed on Bloor identified as 58-year-old grandmother Dalia ChakoOpinion | Edward Keenan: We know how to make roads safer. We just have to do it‘It’s time to declare a state of emergency’: Anger, calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streetsAn all-season cyclist for the past 15 years, Williams said she has experienced collisions and close calls. Last week, a driver made a right-hand turn and hit her near Bloor St. and Dufferin St., got out of his car, fixed his bent mirror and drove off without even asking if she was OK.She said unless there are concrete blocks or cement poles for separation, cars will “always drive into bike lanes.”“It doesn’t feel like there’s any safety at all,” she said.It’s a common sentiment among other cyclists, and not just following the recent rash of deaths and injuries on the city’s streets.In response to a call-out fo ...
 
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