In a non-scientific poll posted on this site, you were asked:
The biggest challenge to cycling in Toronto is?
Not enough dedicated bike lanes: 47%
Car drivers don't see us: 21%
Other cyclists behaviour makes us all look bad: 31%
No mandatory cycling courses: 21%
More education is required for all our road users: 26%
Yes...the totals are way over 100%. Multiple answers were allowed.
Well, as far as bike lanes...we have to wait and continue to press city hall for the creation of the infrastructure, so not much control over that.
The best ways to be seen by car drivers are to wear proper clothing that is highly visible, make sure you have the required equipment, but most importantly ride to be seen. Be predictable and be in areas that you are expected to be seen.
Other cyclists behaviour is certainly what is most easily remembered. When you see a cyclist doing something that you know is unacceptable speak up, be an ambassador for cycling.
The above point also goes hand in hand with education. Together we can all make a difference.
Thanks for all the responses. What you have done will help Traffic Services and the Toronto Police better direct messaging and help us work on educating drivers and cyclists alike.
The new poll question, which is on the right side of this blog at the top is:
Should a licence to operate a bicycle on city streets be required?
Yes a written test
Yes a skills test
Yes a written and skills test
No to testing