Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Feds, Provinces to Review Ways to Reduce Cycling Fatalities on City Streets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Feds, Provinces to Review Ways to Reduce Cycling Fatalities on City Streets

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Feds take a second look at cyclist safety

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OTTAWA - The federal government is taking a fresh look at how to protect cyclists on Canada's roadways after recent high-profile cases where cyclists were killed on city streets.

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers in charge of transportation have agreed to set up a national task force on vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, to come up with ways to reduce injuries and fatalities.

The task force, established through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, will explore the use of cameras, sensor systems and side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs.

The idea wasn't on the agenda when federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau met his counterparts Wednesday, but he raised the issue after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre separately wrote to address a growing concern on their streets. …

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