06/19/2015 09:30 EDT | Updated 06/19/2016 05:59 EDT

Toronto cyclists hold 'die-in' at Nathan Phillips Square

Cyclists gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday morning to protest three fatal collisions involving cyclists in the past several weeks.

CBC's Linda Ward reported from the scene that cyclists laid on the ground with their bicycles in a silent "die-in."

Advocates want the city's cycling budget increased from $8 million to $20 million, and 100 km of separated bike lanes.

They also want fatalities reduced to zero.

It's been a deadly spring for cyclists in the city.

- On June 13, 26-year-old Adam Excell was struck and killed near Avenue and Davenport roads. The car left the scene and an arrest was announced the next day.

- On June 11, a woman allegedly fled a collision at Finch Avenue West and Tobermory Road after hitting and killing a 44-year-old cyclist. The driver was later arrested and faces nine charges.

- On May 19, Toronto architect Roger du Toit was struck at the intersection of Wrentham Place and Roxborough Street East. He died on May 31.