Toronto

City councillor supports safety review of cycling path where boy, 5, was struck and killed

A Toronto city councillor says he would support a safety review of the cycling path along Lake Shore Boulevard in the wake of a 5-year-old boy's death there Wednesday night.

'It's something we should seriously be looking at,' Coun. Mike Layton says

Police continue to investigate after a five-year-old boy was struck and killed Wendesday evening while riding his bicycle along Lake Shore Boulevard. (CBC)

A Toronto city councillor says he would support a safety review of the cycling path along Lake Shore Boulevard in the wake of a 5-year-old boy's death there Wednesday night.

The child was killed after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle near Jameson Avenue shortly before 6:15 p.m. Police said the boy's bike shot forward and then he fell onto the road.

He was then hit by a silver Toyota Camry.

Coun. Mike Layton, who represents Ward 19 Trinity–Spadina, said the city needs to consider if it can do more to protect people there. He said that he biked along that stretch about two weeks ago and was concerned at the speed of the cars moving next to the cyclists. 

"I don't know if it's barriers that are the best thing or if there's another option, but we do need to look at safety along that corridor," Layton said.

Coun. Mike Layton said the city needs to look at whether it needs to do more to protect people using that cycling path. (Joe Fiorino/CBC)

He said that it's said it's up to the local councillor to look at safety options — in this case, Coun. Gord Perks — which would likely include a public consultation.

Perks represents Ward 14 Parkdale–High Park, where the accident occurred. On Thursday, he said he's still trying to learn exactly what led up to the collision. 

That investigation is still continuing, city transportation spokesman Steve Johnston said.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the young boy who was tragically killed."

With files from John Rieti

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