Bicycles & Motorcycles
When it comes to collisions with motor vehicles cyclists often suffer significant losses.
Transport Canada cites 7,500 cyclists suffering serious injuries every year. It’s estimated that as many as 70,000 others are treated in hospital emergency rooms for cycling-related injuries.
- 23% of injuries occur in accidents during the afternoon rush hour.
- 85% of serious cycling injuries occur in cities.
- You’re more likely to be injured at an intersection or at road locations with traffic signals or other traffic control signs.
- Cyclists under the age of 24 have substantially higher injury rates than the rest of the population.
What you can do to prevent or reduce injury:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Use a light (front and back) at night.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing when riding, especially at night.
- Be vigilant at both intersection and non-intersection locations, especially in urban areas.
- Never assume that motorists will yield, even if you have the right-of-way.