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Cyclist killed on Avenue Road April 30, 2024

Another tragedy on Avenue Road

We don’t yet know all the facts of this case, but we do know that this 6-lane 2.1 km section of Avenue Road is dangerous for people on foot and on bikes, and even in cars – a matter that the Avenue Road Safety Coalition has continuously raised with local councillors and the city for seven long years. Today’s death is all the more tragic for its predictability. It is past time for solutions.

Safety must take priority. City staff options to correct the serious concerns along this stretch of Avenue Road are ready and must move forward.

The Avenue Road Safety Coalition will continue to press for timely action and that the  staff report be presented to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee before the summer recess.

The incident also highlights the importance of careful construction management and the need for closely monitored safe travel routes around these areas. Additionally, it draws attention to the danger of oversized trucks — actually warehouses on wheels – on busy downtown streets.

Truck driver charged as family remember Toronto deliveryman killed on Avenue Road

Family of cyclist Ali Sezgin Armagan, 39, tell the Star they only hope for justice after his death in broad daylight on a stretch of Avenue Road where progress toward safety improvements has been slow.

Toronto Star, May 8, 2024

Ali Sezgin Armagan with his three-month-old niece Leyla a few days before the cyclist was killed on Avenue Road by a truck driver.

Police have now charged the 52-year-old truck driver in the April 30 death of Ali Sezgin Armagan, a recent immigrant from Turkey, who was killed while riding his bike for work outside an Avenue Road construction site. The driver is facing a charge of careless driving causing bodily harm or death. Armagan was killed when the driver of the flatbed truck made a left turn into a loading dock near Elgin Ave.

Lawyer Dave Shellnutt, who was retained by Aysen and Volkan, says Armagan’s preventable death sheds light on “several profound considerations” for the city, its politicians and the construction companies doing work on that road.

“We’re also going to be looking at what the delays have been in getting bike lanes or safe infrastructure here, and whether there’s any culpability on the city’s part.”

Advocates have long called for changes on this portion of Avenue Road, arguing six lanes of traffic with limited pedestrian space and no protected bike lanes is a recipe for disaster. 

“The City of Toronto offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the resident who tragically lost their life in last week’s collision,” said Jacquelyn Hayward, the city’s director of project design and management in transportation services.Toronto Star, May 8, 2024