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    Cycling in public roads in Toronto

    I've been riding on the major roads around Kennedy and Steeles. Drivers here seem to want to kill cyclists. I've experienced at least one driver passing within a foot every time I ride. There's a ton of honking, cussing and engine revving. Anyone else experience the same thing?

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    Welcome to TO
    Drivers do not respect bikers and thats a shame, just watch the ones with cell phones in their hands they are the worst.
    You have to start utilizing roads with bike lanes

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    Most of the time, when I hear a car horn, it's usually directed at another car. If you dress like a serious cyclist complete with reflectors, lights a mirror and act responsibly by signalling and not running red lights I think you'll get more respect.

    I ride most places in Toronto from Sheppard and Don Mills to downtown and usually there are only one or two a**holes. Majority seem to be respectful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
    Most of the time, when I hear a car horn, it's usually directed at another car. If you dress like a serious cyclist complete with reflectors, lights a mirror and act responsibly by signalling and not running red lights I think you'll get more respect.

    I ride most places in Toronto from Sheppard and Don Mills to downtown and usually there are only one or two a**holes. Majority seem to be respectful.
    You are very lucky
    There is always someone that will be an A$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattzCer View Post
    You are very lucky
    There is always someone that will be an A$$
    I was watching youtube videos on "road rage Toronto" especially those involving cyclists. A lot of postings from the UK or elsewhere. There's one from Toronto where a woman was yelling at the cyclist to bike on the side not in the middle of the lane and she refused to listen when the cyclist cited the highway traffic act.

    A lot of scary stuff. Most worrying is one poster who said he liked to play games with cyclists by throwing sticks into their spokes. Many others called the cyclists "*****s" for not getting into the fight when the motorist was shoving him around. I hope most people posting were only trolling and not serious.

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    I had a guy yelling at me to get off the road, and I was riding beside the curb, some guys will never respect us.

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    Oh you are just experiencing a regular Toronto ride. If your get honked at less than twice within a 15 km twirl, you got lucky. I have been in some confrontations, close calls, and instances of verbal persuasion. Obey as many laws as you can and keep a bottle close; that is if you need to squirt a driver or toss it at someone burning a red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coachgordie View Post
    Oh you are just experiencing a regular Toronto ride. If your get honked at less than twice within a 15 km twirl, you got lucky. I have been in some confrontations, close calls, and instances of verbal persuasion. Obey as many laws as you can and keep a bottle close; that is if you need to squirt a driver or toss it at someone burning a red.
    Now that the War on Cars is back on, let's have our new Mayor John Tory to ticket those road ragers as well. His supportive side-kick Denzil Minnan-Wong will surely be on board with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
    Now that the War on Cars is back on, let's have our new Mayor John Tory to ticket those road ragers as well. His supportive side-kick Denzil Minnan-Wong will surely be on board with that one.
    I do feel like Toronto is taking a positive turn with TOry. We are going in a different direction from a mayor who described his streets as resembling a shark tank.

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    I never have any problems in Toronto, but I am generally scared of the distracted drivers anywhere.

    The key for me a long while back was during a complete transit strike. The idiot cyclists and drivers came out in force, and I had to give up my bike and drive into town. The truth is that Toronto drivers are excellent and you only miss them when they are replaced with people who do not normally mingle with us.

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