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Uber rolling out new measures to make things safer for cyclists in Toronto

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Ainsley Smith May 15, 2019 9:26 am

Uber is taking the next steps to keep cyclists in Toronto safe.

The ride-sharing app just announced its piloting ‘Bike Lane Alerts’ in Canada’s largest city to encourage safe practices that aim to increase safety for all road users.

According to the company, the feature proactively notifies riders via a push notification that their upcoming drop-off is near a bike lane or shared road and reminds them to look out for people on bikes and scooters.

In addition to Toronto, Uber is also piloting the new feature in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, DC.

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“We are glad to see Uber leveraging technology to increase awareness on bike lanes and people on bikes,” said Jamie Stuckless, executive director of Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

“While there is always more work to do, this is an important step in the right direction and we look forward to our continued work together to increase safety on roads across Toronto.”

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According to the company, riders and drivers across Canada will also receive education on the Dutch Reach to encourage safer practices and be aware of two-wheel travellers on the road.

These materials were developed with the help of safety experts and bike organizations that aim to help to reduce the risk of “dooring” someone riding a bike or scooter when exiting a vehicle.

Along with Bike Lane Alerts and Dutch Reach education resources, Uber also recently announced insurance coverage for all Uber Eats bike delivery partners across the country.

Since April 1, all delivery partners on bikes are automatically insured while en route for food pickup and delivery destinations for drop off, just as Uber does for partners who use motor vehicles.

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