Better Bicycle Infrastructures Drastically Cuts Cyclists' Injuries

A well-planned out and designated bicycle lanes can decrease the risk of injury for cyclists according to a Canadian study published in the American Journal of Public Health this week.

According to the results of the study, conducted by the University of British Columbia, a bicycle infrastructure with separate designated bicycle lanes, residential street bike lanes and off-street bicycle paths cuts the risk of injuries for cyclists in half. Researchers also found the risk of injuries decreased 90 percent for those who rode on physically separated bicycle lanes, such as ones separated by barriers, instead of busy city streets.

The study took a look at the cause of 690 cycling injuries in Vancouver and Toronto from 2008 to 2009 and what routes and infrastructure was involved.

Researchers also found about one-third of the accidents occurred on streetcar tracks where bicycle wheels got caught in the tracks or slipped on slippery rails.

The research can be used by advocates of constructing safer bikeways in an effort to encourage residents of large cities to bike more.

If you or your loved one has suffered any type of serious injury in a bicycling accident, you may want to discuss your case with our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys. Call for your immediate initial consultation.

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