links for 2011-08-03

  • A professor claims that her latest research on cycling injuries refutes the conclusion of a city-staff report that “there is insufficient collision data” to assess how safe the downtown separated bike lanes are for cyclists.

    “In that [July 20] report, they were able to get data from ICBC from motor-vehicle crashes, [concluding] that they felt that there were far fewer motor-vehicle crashes along those corridors,” Kay Teschke, a professor in UBC’s school of population and public health, told the Straight by phone on August 2. “But they said they couldn’t draw any conclusions about bicycling injuries.”

    However, at the July 28 meeting of city council’s planning and environment committee, Teschke said that data she has collected—and submitted for peer review—shows that “separated bike lanes were the safest of the 14 route types” in the Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment study she and her group completed.