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Toronto police looking for witnesses of bike stunt on Yonge Street

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DH Toronto Staff Jun 30, 2017 12:48 am 694

It’s not everyday the Toronto Police Service regram your Insta post.

But on Friday morning, the police department did just that.

After an Instagram user posted a video of himself cycling along Yonge Street poppin’ wheelies last week, Toronto police saw the video and decided to call out the user on their social media account.

“Thanks for the video, great riding skill, but dangerous cycling behaviour. You now have our attention,” reads Const. Clint Stibbe in the Toronto Police Instagram post. “Your video shows evidence of careless driving under the HTA, as well as several by-law offences. You have put several pedestrians in harm’s way as a result of your actions. Road safety is a shared responsibility and this type of disregard for safe riding on city streets does not forward the cycling agenda in the City of Toronto, and puts you at risk of serious injury or death.”

Const. Stibbe asks if anyone knows when and where this offence occurred to contact the Toronto Police Service so they can move forward in laying charges against the cyclist.

Witnesses to this incident are asked to contact Cst Clint Stibbe Traffic Services Toronto Police 416-808-1900 #BikeTO Message from Cst Stibbe: Thanks for the video, great riding skill, but dangerous cycling behaviour… YOU now have our attention.  Your video shows evidence of careless driving under the HTA, as well as several by-law offences.  You have put several pedestrians in harm’s way as a result of your actions. Road safety is a shared responsibility and this type of disregard for safe riding on city streets does not forward the cycling agenda in the City of Toronto, and puts you at risk of serious injury or death.  If anyone knows when and where this offence occurred, please contact the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-1900, so we may move forward in laying charges against this cyclist for the offences he has committed. @Regrann from @mylittlebikeshop – @chain_yanker caught me for a quick clip on Yonge Street ✔…. haven’t been on this bike much lately. I am super excited to get my new @circabicycle titanium 29″ street deluxe MTB soon. – #regrann

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And just a few hours after the post went up, the cyclist, who owns a bike shop on College Street according to his account, publicly responded to police.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking to see my little poppa wheelie clip being posted on the Toronto Police Instagram account (20k followers to see “my crime”). I say heartbreaking because my video is surrounded by surveillance videos of murders, stabbings, shootings, robberies and sexual assaults,” he wrote from his MyLittleBikeShop account. “I never crashed, I never hit anyone, and didn’t commit any sort of hit & run. I never even made / make anyone slow down, hit their brakes or cause them to pull last second maneuvers. Yes, maybe a little dangerous, but I am a expert, have been doing this my entire life and have never had an accident or caused an accident while on the streets of Toronto, while on my bike (one wheel or two).”

Swipe for other photos. It’s kind of heartbreaking to see my little poppa wheelie clip being posted on the Toronto Police Instagram account (20k followers to see “my crime”). I say heartbreaking because my video is surrounded by surveillance videos of murders, stabbings, shootings, robberies and sexual assaults. I never crashed, I never hit anyone, and didn’t commit any sort of hit & run. I never even made / make anyone slow down, hit their brakes or cause them to pull last second maneuvers. Yes, maybe a little dangerous, but I am a expert, have been doing this my entire life and have NEVER had an accident or caused an accident while on the streets of Toronto, while on my bike (one wheel or two). I see the most pitiful laws broken in the most sloppy and most dangerous ways all day, every day by regular cycling commuters who often place themselves in the most dangerous positions on the road (who also seem to always want to race everyone [cars & other cyclists] and get angry at every car [while not wearing lights on during the night]).

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The video has been viewed over 1,000 times on the police account, and has resulted in a lot of debate on the cyclist’s alleged crime.

Toronto Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call 416-808-1900.

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