Toronto cyclists hold 'die-in' at Nathan Phillips Square

Cyclists gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday morning to protest three fatal collisions involving cyclists in the past several weeks.

Protesters would like city cycling budget increased by $12M

Hundreds lie on the ground for a cyclist 'die-in'. (Linda Ward/CBC)

Cyclists gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday morning to protest three fatal collisions involving cyclists in the past several weeks.

More than 100 cyclists lay on the ground with their bicycles in a silent "die-in," CBC's Linda Ward reported from the scene.

Advocates want the city's cycling budget increased from $8 million to $20 million, and a minimum grid of 100 km of separated bike lanes.

Toronto cyclists hold a protest in memory of three cyclists who have died in recent weeks. (Linda Ward/CBC)

"The goal of today is to send a very clear message to city hall that we need greater action to reduce road fatalities," said Jared Kolb of Cycle Toronto.

It's been a deadly spring for cyclists in the city.

  • On June 13, 26-year-old Adam Excell was struck and killed near Avenue and Davenport roads. The car left the scene and an arrest was announced the next day.
  • On June 11, a woman allegedly fled a collision at Finch Avenue West and Tobermory Road after hitting and killing a 44-year-old cyclist. The driver was later arrested and faces nine charges.
  • On May 19, Toronto architect Roger du Toit was struck at the intersection of Wrentham Place and Roxborough Street East. He died on May 31. 

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