Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon says bike collision ‘could have been worse’

News Jul 30, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is a little sore but will be OK after recently being clipped by a car while riding her bike in the Beach Hill neighbourhood.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, the Ward 32 representative was cycling southbound on Woodbine Avenue on her way to Leslieville to attend a community ride on the TTC’s new streetcar when she was struck by a motorist crossing the intersection at Gerrard Street East.

Several passersby stopped to help McMahon, who was knocked to the ground.

“Beach Hillers were fantastic. I’m grateful for the kind neighbours, especially John Mohler of the Fairmount Park IceMasters,” she said during a recent interview.

Police from nearby 55 Division arrived on the scene within minutes followed by paramedics who transported McMahon by ambulance to Toronto East General Hospital as her blood pressure was low. Once there, she underwent a CAT scan.

Despite being shaken up by the ordeal, she was left with only minor bumps, bruises and scrapes mostly to the left side of her body.

McMahon, an avid cyclist, was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

“It could have been worse because I did fall into traffic,” said McMahon, who is taking a little break from cycling and taking public transit as she recuperates.

The vehicle’s driver, whom McMahon said exited his vehicle and proceeded to shout at her after the collision, has since been charged with careless driving. “The unfortunate thing is the driver had no compassion, no remorse. He just yelled at me,” she shared.

The accused’s name has not been released as he’s not facing criminal charges.

In a tweet posted the morning of Monday, July 28, McMahon said the accident is even more reason to push for reintroducing a bill in the House of Commons requiring all drivers maintain a distance of one-metre when passing cyclists.

McMahon, who is often spotted cycling around the community as well as to and from her Danforth East home to City Hall, also called for more separated bike lanes.

“We need a lot more education about sharing the road and more separate bike lanes. I love the Sherbourne (separate) bike lanes. We need a lot more of those.”

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon says bike collision ‘could have been worse’

Un-remorseful motorist charged with careless driving

News Jul 30, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is a little sore but will be OK after recently being clipped by a car while riding her bike in the Beach Hill neighbourhood.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, the Ward 32 representative was cycling southbound on Woodbine Avenue on her way to Leslieville to attend a community ride on the TTC’s new streetcar when she was struck by a motorist crossing the intersection at Gerrard Street East.

Several passersby stopped to help McMahon, who was knocked to the ground.

“Beach Hillers were fantastic. I’m grateful for the kind neighbours, especially John Mohler of the Fairmount Park IceMasters,” she said during a recent interview.

Police from nearby 55 Division arrived on the scene within minutes followed by paramedics who transported McMahon by ambulance to Toronto East General Hospital as her blood pressure was low. Once there, she underwent a CAT scan.

Despite being shaken up by the ordeal, she was left with only minor bumps, bruises and scrapes mostly to the left side of her body.

McMahon, an avid cyclist, was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

“It could have been worse because I did fall into traffic,” said McMahon, who is taking a little break from cycling and taking public transit as she recuperates.

The vehicle’s driver, whom McMahon said exited his vehicle and proceeded to shout at her after the collision, has since been charged with careless driving. “The unfortunate thing is the driver had no compassion, no remorse. He just yelled at me,” she shared.

The accused’s name has not been released as he’s not facing criminal charges.

In a tweet posted the morning of Monday, July 28, McMahon said the accident is even more reason to push for reintroducing a bill in the House of Commons requiring all drivers maintain a distance of one-metre when passing cyclists.

McMahon, who is often spotted cycling around the community as well as to and from her Danforth East home to City Hall, also called for more separated bike lanes.

“We need a lot more education about sharing the road and more separate bike lanes. I love the Sherbourne (separate) bike lanes. We need a lot more of those.”

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon says bike collision ‘could have been worse’

Un-remorseful motorist charged with careless driving

News Jul 30, 2014 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is a little sore but will be OK after recently being clipped by a car while riding her bike in the Beach Hill neighbourhood.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, the Ward 32 representative was cycling southbound on Woodbine Avenue on her way to Leslieville to attend a community ride on the TTC’s new streetcar when she was struck by a motorist crossing the intersection at Gerrard Street East.

Several passersby stopped to help McMahon, who was knocked to the ground.

“Beach Hillers were fantastic. I’m grateful for the kind neighbours, especially John Mohler of the Fairmount Park IceMasters,” she said during a recent interview.

Police from nearby 55 Division arrived on the scene within minutes followed by paramedics who transported McMahon by ambulance to Toronto East General Hospital as her blood pressure was low. Once there, she underwent a CAT scan.

Despite being shaken up by the ordeal, she was left with only minor bumps, bruises and scrapes mostly to the left side of her body.

McMahon, an avid cyclist, was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

“It could have been worse because I did fall into traffic,” said McMahon, who is taking a little break from cycling and taking public transit as she recuperates.

The vehicle’s driver, whom McMahon said exited his vehicle and proceeded to shout at her after the collision, has since been charged with careless driving. “The unfortunate thing is the driver had no compassion, no remorse. He just yelled at me,” she shared.

The accused’s name has not been released as he’s not facing criminal charges.

In a tweet posted the morning of Monday, July 28, McMahon said the accident is even more reason to push for reintroducing a bill in the House of Commons requiring all drivers maintain a distance of one-metre when passing cyclists.

McMahon, who is often spotted cycling around the community as well as to and from her Danforth East home to City Hall, also called for more separated bike lanes.

“We need a lot more education about sharing the road and more separate bike lanes. I love the Sherbourne (separate) bike lanes. We need a lot more of those.”