In the wake of Monday night’s high-profile tragedy, long simmering tensions between cyclists and drivers on Toronto’s streets have come to a boil.

On Tuesday, after the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard and the arrest of former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant, Sheppard’s fellow bicycle couriers gathered on Bloor Street, putting a spotlight on the clash between cyclists and motorists on city streets.

The Ontario Safety League’s Brian Patterson says both cyclists and motorists increasingly fail to show common courtesy, and Monday’s fatality provoked people to air long-held frustrations.

“It seems to me that, certainly in the last 10 years, the level of civility among pedestrians, drivers and cyclists has deteriorated,” he said.

Cycling has become a highly politicized mode of transportation in recent years, growing alongside increased public awareness of greenhouse gas emissions and health issues and a push for cycling infrastructure from city hall.

Patterson says we need a three-pronged approach to road safety: Engineering; education; and enforcement. He says we need more safety awareness programs and should ticket cyclists and motorists more frequently for infractions.