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How does Vancouver Stack Up? - Cycling Safety?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Less congestion, less pollution, healthier people… the benefits of cycling to work are there for everyone to see.

But they come at a cost.

And that cost is being paid by cyclists who are suffering injuries on city streets across the globe.

That’s according to a fascinating article that’s making the rounds online today.

The article asks a very compelling question - is cycling in the city putting us on the road to better fitness or is it an accident waiting to happen? http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/health/city-cycling-road-to-fitness/

Just how risky is it to get on your bike?

To find out, the author of this article found out first-hand what it’s like to cycle in some of the world’s biggest cities.

 So how did Vancouver stack up?

Well, we lagged behind Amsterdam and Copenhagen. But, we’re light-years ahead of London, which was described as “terrifying”. And as for Toronto… what do you expect? Toronto was found to be “a mess”.

In fact, our bike-friendly city was praised for its progressiveness. From our bike-loving mayor to the growing number of segregated lanes on our streets, we came a close second to Montreal as Canada’s most bicycle -safe city.

But before we go around slapping ourselves on the back it’s important to remember that just because we’re on the right road doesn’t mean we’ve arrived at our destination yet.

In fact, I think it’s safe to say that Vancouver’s cyclists are still at risk when they take to our streets.

So please be safe out there. And if you’ve been hurt in a bike accident get in touch with me here at McComb Witten. I’ve handled a number of bike injury cases and would be happy to discuss the ICBC injury claims process with you.

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