Media Statement from Dr. Doug Weir, President of the Ontario Medical Association

TORONTO, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors welcome the final report from the Office of the Chief Coroner's review of cycling deaths, which recommends measures to increase cycling safety province-wide.

The OMA participated in the panel of experts that contributed to the final report and were pleased that several of the recommendations made by the OMA were incorporated. For example,

  • That the provincial government develop policy and programs, including funding, to facilitate safe cycling, and for municipal governments to redouble their efforts to build much-needed cycling infrastructure;
  • Ongoing delivery of bicycle safety education for young children and that such training be mandatory for all Ontario primary school students;
  • Education material for both drivers and cyclists that emphasizes intersection-specific dangers.

The Coroner's recommendations provide guidance on creating a safer environment for cyclists of all ages and allow the province to learn from past tragedies and make improvements to prevent future injuries and deaths.

A safer environment for cycling is crucial to creating a healthier population. Ontario's doctors want to make sure that Ontarians feel safe when riding their bicycles.

Dr. Doug Weir, President
Ontario Medical Association

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information:

OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862

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