The teen was riding along the sidewalk, as opposed to riding in the painted bike lane on King Street East, as he didn’t “feel super comfortable in it.”The teen was riding along the sidewalk, as opposed to riding in the painted bike lane on King Street East, as he didn’t “feel super comfortable in it.”

Hamilton police say the motorist was not ticketed within the Stoney Creek collision.

A private damage lawyer is looking out Hamilton police on their response to a collision that left a younger bicycle owner injured earlier this week.

David Shellnut, a lawyer who focuses on representing injured cyclists, posted concerning the April 10 incident on his Instagram on Wednesday.

The publish confirmed the ticket a 16-year-old boy was issued a ticket by police after a collision with a automobile at King Avenue East and Quigley Highway in Stoney Creek on the afternoon of Easter Monday.

In an interview, Shellnut advised The Spectator that the teenager was out for a motorcycle journey not removed from his dwelling that day. The teenager was using alongside the sidewalk, versus using within the painted bike lane on King Avenue East, as he didn’t “really feel tremendous snug in it.”

“It’s simply paint,” stated Shellnut. “It’s not a protected bike lane.”

Shellnut stated as the teenager was using alongside, he travelled into the crosswalk at Quigley, the place he was struck by a automobile.

In an e-mail to The Spectator, Const. Indy Bharaj stated simply earlier than 2:15 p.m. officers responded to a motor-vehicle crash involving a bicycle owner within the space of Quigley Highway and King Avenue East.

Bharaj stated the bicycle owner was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening accidents. Shellnut stated whereas the teenager “escaped main damage,” the incident left him fairly shaken up, affected by bruises, scrapes and a leg damage.

What sparked Shellnut’s involvement within the case — which he has taken on professional bono — occurred within the hospital.

Shellnut stated whereas the teenager was being handled, an officer got here to the hospital to serve him the ticket, which the lawyer later posted on Instagram.

Bharaj confirmed to The Spectator that the bicycle owner was ticketed $65 for using his bike on the sidewalk. The motorist was not charged within the incident, Bharaj added.

Police wouldn’t present any additional remark or extra particulars.

Shellnut stated whereas the teenager was using his bike on the sidewalk, which is prohibited within the metropolis for folks over the age of 14 except they’ve a incapacity (or, as written within the bylaw, occur to be a police officer), he argued that the biking infrastructure within the space “prevents folks from feeling protected.”

The bike lane alongside King Avenue East consists of a painted line and doesn’t function plastic bollards or concrete limitations in that space.

Shellnut stated police might have used the state of affairs as a “educating second,” noting that a few dozen weak highway customers have been killed on town’s streets and sidewalks final 12 months.

“We’ve an actual downside on our palms in Hamilton,” stated Shellnut. “However it’s definitely not children using on sidewalks.”

Bharaj stated with spring within the air and summer time on the horizon, drivers “should be conscious” of the rise in pedestrians, cyclists in addition to different autos on town’s streets.

“If all of us respect one another by following the visitors legal guidelines, we will scale back motor-vehicle collisions and make our streets safer,” stated Bharaj, in an e-mail.

Shellnut stated whereas the general public needs to be educated on protected biking, he argued that “isn’t via ticketing folks.”

“I begrudge nobody who doesn’t really feel protected using on the roads and chooses the sidewalk as an alternative,” he added.

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