Cycling is popular among Albertans of all ages for recreation, exercise and daily commuting. Keeping a safety conscious attitude and following key safety precautions can help reduce the risk of injuries while cycling.

Statistics

  • There are about 6,800 bicycle-related emergency department visits each year. This equates to over 19 visits each day. If you calculate the number of injuries during a typical cycling season (May 1 to September 30) this equates to 44 visits each day.
  • There are about 500 bicycle-related hospital admissions each year. This equates to over 1 admission each day. If you calculate the number of injuries during a typical cycling season (May 1 to September 30) this equates to 3 admissions each day.
  • In 2010, there 9 cyclists killed as a result of collisions with a motor vehicle or other type of road vehicle.
  • The age group with the highest overall number of bicycle-related emergency department visits and hospital asmissions were those 10 to 14 years of age.

Prevention Messages

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Make sure the helmet fits.
  • Check and maintain your bike.
  • Be seen and be heard.
  • Be alert and follow traffic rules.

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