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A Toronto cyclist and bike mechanic, well-known in Toronto’s cycling community, is recovering after suffering serious injuries during a crash last week.

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Eli Cruz Lopez was riding with friends when he said he hit a new speed bump at the corner of Bloor Street West and Ellis Park Road.

“My ribs are broken, it is difficult to lie on the bed. It hurts a lot … I have two cracks in the pelvis,” he said.

After the accident, many cyclists have asked why the speed bump was installed in the first place.

In fact, it’s one of six placed along Bloor Street West from Concord Avenue to Ellis Park Road in August.

“Good intentions, especially in this case, lead to bad results,” said biking lawyer and cycling advocate Dave Shelnutt.

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He said whenever road infrastructure changes are made, there should be public education and awareness campaigns.

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Additionally, Shellnut calls for consistency at intersections and neighborhoods so cyclists know what to expect.

“You have speed bumps here and then on University (Avenue) at different intersections you have bollards, on Danforth you paint on the ground to indicate turns and bike lanes … In whatever city is making these decisions, we’ve got you first. Leadership has to be found and we have to have continuity,” he said.

According to the City of Toronto, speed bumps were placed at intersections where “conflicts between bicyclists and turning vehicles have been responded to” in an effort to “reduce bicyclists’ exposure to conflicts with turning vehicles, reduce vehicle speeds and conflict issues,” Wright said. -Communicate off-way priority and provide adequate sight distance.

A city spokesperson told Global News in a statement that video data and analysis was used to inform the design and that after installation, video data was collected and is currently being analyzed.

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“Staff is currently reviewing the data, and will consider removing the speed hump if the data does not support the primary objective of creating safer intersections for all users.”

Lopez said doctors told him his recovery would take four to six weeks.

Her friends started a GoFundMe campaign and have raised more than $20,000 to support her.

“I can’t thank all the cycling community and all my friends enough for the huge support and generosity, it’s unbelievable, it touches my heart,” Lopez said.

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