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Safety review of Toronto’s bike and walking trails starts Monday

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, May 29th, 2017

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A bike is locked to a post in Toronto in undated file photo. CITYNEWS
A safety review of Toronto’s bike and walking trails starts Monday, after the death of a five-year-old boy last week.

Xavier Morgan lost control of his bike on the Martin Goodman Trail, near Lake Shore Boulevard West and Jameson Avenue in Parkdale, around 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday. He fell off his bike and into traffic, where he was struck by a vehicle.

The path where he was riding was not on the street, but there were no physical barriers separating bikes from cars.

Mayor John Tory said city officials are to meet Monday to begin a safety review of Toronto’s trails.

“As these things get used more, and as some of them are built closer to the roads than they might have been, we’ve gotta review it,” he told 680 NEWS

Tory says once the review is complete, the city will discuss short- and long-term solutions.

Monday is also Bike To Work Day in Toronto, and the start of Toronto Bike Month.

Tory will be serving pancakes at Nathan Phillips Square to mark the start of Bike Month.

Toronto police and the Toronto Helmet Initiative released a video to help make sure kids are wearing the right-size helmet, and that it’s properly fitted.

The 2-V-1 rule is explained in the video below. It means “Two fingers above your eyebrows to bottom of the helmet. Form a V-shape with the straps meeting below your ears. One finger under the strap below your chin,” police said.

Everyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, rollerblades or on any wheeled device. The parents of children 16 or under are required to ensure they are wearing helmets.

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