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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ontario Coroners Report on Bike Safety Has Lessons That Apply Everywhere



Bike lanes are part of complete streets / Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0
129 cyclists were killed in Ontario, Canada between 2006 and 2010. The Chief Coroner for Ontario has just released a thorough investigation of them, and come up with findings and recommendations that have lessons that are applicable everywhere. Significantly, the first and most important one is for Complete Streets.
Before I start looking at the broader reccommendations, I have to note that all the local headlines are screaming "Ontario Coroner calls for mandatory helmets for cyclists". Herb at Ibiketo writes:
The media has latched onto the helmet recommendation like it is the magical talisman that will solve all that harms cyclists. Drivers won't have to change anything, it's all up to the cyclists!

Except that the report didn't call for mandatory helmets, it is a nuanced reccomendation that calls for helmet laws "within the context of an evaluation of the impact of this legislation on cycling activity," which is a very different thing. But more on this later...


Read on at treehugger.com

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