Reduced vehicle speeds, separated bike lanes lower risk of cyclist injuries; study

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

TORONTO - A new study suggests the infrastructure in some of the country's cities isn't doing enough to keep cyclists safe.

The study, published in the Journal Injury Prevention, explored why Canadian bikers are at least eight times more likely to be injured than cyclists in some European countries.

Researchers across the country interviewed nearly 700 people who got hurt while biking through Toronto and Vancouver.

Lead author Anne Harris of Ryerson University says the interviews revealed gaps in Canada's biking infrastructure.

She says most cities don't offer physically separated bike lanes, which emerged as one key tool to prevent injuries.

She says lower vehicle speeds and flatter commuting surfaces would also go a long way to protecting cyclists.