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Toronto Cops Launch Bike Safety Campaign

Toronto Police have launched a safety campaign targeting cyclists and pedestrians.

It comes just days after a teenager was struck and killed by a TTC bus on the Lakeshore. Over the weekend, another man was seriously injured when his bike was trapped under a streetcar. And on Monday, an 84-year-old woman died following a collision in Markham.

The initiative began on the Danforth on Monday morning.

Officers were issuing verbal warnings – and in some cases, handing out tickets –to pedestrians crossing in the middle of the block. Cops also warned cyclists to obey traffic laws.

They also cautioned drivers to check their blind spots and to be alert when opening their car doors.

Traffic officers noted that of 12 pedestrian deaths in Toronto this year, eight were people crossing in the middle of the block.

The blitz will last for three days.