Cyclists attend first die-in protest at City Hall

Cyclists attend first die-in protest at City Hall

Story and photos by Claire McFarlane

Over a hundred cyclists attended the first ever die-in at Nathan Philips Square on Friday morning.

Riders laid on the pavement beside their bikes for three minutes in silent protest to urge city council to adopt a Vision Zero-type policy towards road fatalities. Protesters were also calling for a boost in the city's cycling budget (from $8 million to $20 million per year) in order instal a minimum grid for cyclists.

In the past two weeks, three cyclists have died in Toronto while riding their bikes, which clearly indicates a lack of safe cycling infrastructure.

The die-in was inspired by similar protests that recently took place in the streets of London.

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