A Toronto cyclist speaks out after receiving a $110 ticket for a rolling stop sign in High Park

Toronto cyclists continue to speak out against what many call unfair treatment by local police. One man, in particular, says he was fined over $100 for allegedly driving at a stop sign.

Jeffrey Doucet caught on social media with a photo of him in biking gear alongside a Toronto police cruiser. A constable is visible inside the vehicle and appears to be writing a ticket to Doucet, which he confirmed.

« I got a nice $110 ticket for rolling a stop sign in High Park from the Toronto police, who I can’t wait to fight, » Doucet said. « Glad to see [Mayor John Tory] and [Toronto police] continue to prioritize the most important public safety issues in Toronto.

Doucet tagged David Shellnutt, « The Biking Lawyer », on Twitter – an outspoken critic of local law enforcement over officers targeting cyclists. Shell spoke to CityNews last weeksaying he is discouraged that Toronto police are targeting people trying to make it through the park safely.

Tuesday, Shellnut shared a photo on Twitter alleging that a Toronto officer assaulted a community member and harassed cyclists in High Park.

In a letter addressed to ToryShellnutt has responded to an allegation from a cyclist who says he was assaulted in the park.

« At 7:50 p.m. Friday evening, a [Black, Indigenous, and people of colour] A BIPOC cyclist was targeted by undercover and uniformed officers as he attempted to cycle safely through the park,” Shellnutt wrote.

“You have given credence to the statistically inaccurate impression that cyclists cause comparable damage to motorists. You have authorized a war against cyclists.

A pair of cyclists cycle on a local road. Photo: Juan Castillo.

Shellnutt mentioned a separate incident on Saturday when he said a woman on a bicycle was attacked and chased by a man near High Park.

« His rationale [was] that he was sick of cyclists and decided to teach him a lesson,” Shellnutt wrote. « The woman called the police to the scene, but they did nothing.

Tory defends police actions in High Park

Last week, Tory commented on the city’s recent uproar using police officers to ticket local cyclists. The mayor said cyclists aren’t the only ones enjoying High Park, noting that pedestrians need to be protected.

« I just think the police are doing their job and they don’t deserve to be criticized for it, » Tory said.

« If someone were to be hit by one of these speeding cyclists and seriously injured, then what discussion would we have about it? »

Tory argued that local law enforcement « needs to strike a safe balance between all of these different activities », noting that cyclists, in particular, will not receive special treatment from officers.

The City of Toronto says a survey is asking residents about their priorities and preferences for the existing route through High Park, including roads, driveways, parking lots and paved trails.

The online survey runs until August 19 and can be filled in here.

With files from Meredith Bond and Mark McAllister of CityNews


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