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How safe is British Columbia for cyclists?

Oct 8, 2015 | Bicycle Accidents

Crashes are serious regardless of the vehicles involved, but when it’s a pedestrian who is struck, the injuries can be particularly severe. If you’ve been hurt and are working with your lawyer to obtain compensation for your injuries, you may be interested in some of the statistics out of British Columbia.

Bicycle accidents take place often in British Columbia. There has been a hold on the number, which means that over a four-year time period, there has been no increase or decrease in the number of incidents or injured cyclists. There has been, however, and increase in the number of fatally injured cyclists.

In 2009, there were approximately 1,300 crashes involving cyclists in British Columbia. In 2010, that number jumped up to 1,500. It remained at 1,500 incidents from 2010 through 2013.

The same statistics prove true for the number of injured cyclists. There were 1,300 crashes where a cyclist was injured in 2009, but by 2013, that number had again risen to 1,500.

The number of fatally wounded cyclists has changed. Initially, 2009 saw 10 crashes where a cyclist was killed. By 2010, that number had dropped to six, but then it started to climb. In the latest information for 2013, there had been 13 cyclists killed in these crashes.

Where are the most dangerous areas in British Columbia? The Lower Mainland has seen an average of five cyclist deaths over the years 2009 to 2013. Vancouver Island, in comparison, has a five-year average of only three deaths. The North Central region has and average of only one cyclist death per year, while other regions account for zero deaths overall.

Source: ICBC, “Crashes involving: … Cyclists,” accessed Oct. 08, 2015

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