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Toronto police launch bike safety blitz

With more and more bicycles on Toronto’s roads, cyclists are in the spotlight as part of a week-long police safety blitz.

Officers were on the Danforth Monday morning, making sure cyclists were following the rules of the road.

“Share the road – share the rules,” said Sgt. Jack West.

Safety checks will be done on bikes to make sure they’re in good working order. Citytv crews at the blitz reported numerous tickets given out to riders who didn’t have an operational bell.

Police will also be keeping an eye on motorists to ensure they’re sharing the road safely.

According to Canadian Census data, cycling in Toronto is on the rise. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of people riding a bike to work in Toronto increased by over 30 per cent.

The blitz will wrap up on Friday.