Young bi­cy­clist’s death prompts safety re­view


City hall is un­der­tak­ing an im­me­di­ate safety re­view of Toronto’s ap­prox­i­mately 300-kilo­me­tre net­work of multi-use trails fol­low­ing the death last week of a boy rid­ing his bike along Martin Good­man Trail.

The first or­der of busi­ness will be ad­dress­ing press­ing safety risks, in­clud­ing prob­lems on the stretch of Lake Shore Blvd. W. where 5-yearold Xavier Mor­gan died af­ter fall­ing from a bike path into traf­fic.

Safety ad­vo­cates have said a guardrail could have saved the boy’s life.

In an in­ter­view, Mayor John Tory said he wants to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure no child or adult can fall onto a road­way from that trail.

“It’s just not some­thing that is an ac­cept­able risk, and some­times you learn the tragic way,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Jaye Robin­son, chair of the city’s pub­lic works and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee, will meet Mon­day with Toronto’s gen­eral man­ager of trans­porta­tion ser­vices to be­gin a re­view of trails.

The aim will be both to make im­me­di­ate changes to prob­lem ar­eas and to con­sider longer-term so­lu­tions that may re­quire con­struc­tion, or even mov­ing a trail that may be too close to a road­way.

Tory said the re­view will con­sider is­sues that arise when trails are ad- ja­cent to ve­hi­cle traf­fic, as well as paths where the dan­ger might arise from a busy mix of cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans, skate­board­ers, rollerbladers and more — par­tic­u­larly as the weather gets warmer and traf­fic in­creases.

Tory says he ex­pects a re­port “within a very short pe­riod.”

Xavier, called an “ex­u­ber­ant, lov­ing and happy lit­tle boy” by his school prin­ci­pal, was with an adult Wed­nes­day evening when he lost con­trol, fell onto the road and was struck by a car.

Po­lice ar­rived at the site, near Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Jame­son Ave., at about 6:30 p.m. The driver of the ve­hi­cle re­mained at the scene.

Paramedics took the boy to the Hospi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, where he died.

Jared Kolb, with the ad­vo­cacy group Cy­cle Toronto, said last week that he puts the blame for the death squarely on city in­fra­struc­ture.

“I don’t put blame on the driver, the par­ent or who­ever was with the child,” Kolb said.

Xavier Mor­gan was a ju­nior kinder­garten stu­dent at Swansea Pub­lic School. On Fri­day, a group of his class­mates and their par­ents gath­ered at the school to re­mem­ber him. The flag was low­ered to half-staff.

Abike ride in Xavier’s hon­our, or­ga­nized by the group Ad­vo­cacy for Re­spect for Cy­clists, is planned Satur­day at 10 a.m., be­gin­ning at Spad­ina Ave. and Bloor St. W.


A bou­quet of flow­ers marks the spot where the 5-year-old boy was killed.

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