Toronto police say they may lay charges against a cyclist who posted a video to Instagram in which he is seens popping a wheelie and weaving in and out of traffic.
The video shows a cyclist on a mountain bike sustaining wheelies while weaving between cars, riding on the wrong side of the road and sidewalk, and running a red light.
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
“We’ve already identified who the person is. We’ve already identified the location. We’re now just looking for the date and time — this is where we need a witness to come forward in order to lay charges,” said Const. Clint Stibbe.
Police could charge the cyclist with careless driving, which could result in a fine of up to $2,000. Despite the condemnation of police, the cyclist defended his actions on Instagram, where he called the allegations “heartbreaking.”
“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,” he wrote.
The cyclist did admit, however, that his biking could be considered “a little dangerous,” but that he is an expert and that he has never been in an accident in Toronto.