Amid a rash of cyclist and pedestrian deaths that have raised concerns about road safety across the city, activists are drawing attention to the close calls and near misses that occur daily on the streets of Toronto. The hashtag #NearmissToronto is being widely used to chronicle the unreported incidents that plague road users. Signs have been posted across Midtown and in the Annex encouraging people to use the hashtag. Photos of scrapes and bruises sustained by cyclists as well as videos of rogue drivers disobeying traffic signs continue to be shared as part of the social media campaign. The initiative is helping to advocate for safer streets and speaks to the size, scope and severity of the problem. Have you narrowly avoided a collision with a motor vehicle? If so, Toronto wants to hear about it.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Posters addressing pedestrian safety are popping up in midtown.