Posted on April 13, 2011 10:35 AM
New study looks at risk of riding on a cycle track vs. the street
An article in the journal Injury Prevention examines the relative risk of injury for bicycling on cycle tracks versus in the street. The study, which was conducted in Montreal (where a relatively extensive and long-standing network of cycle tracks exists) compares bicyclist injury rates on six cycle tracks versus the risk rate (RR) on comparable reference streets. The study found that the risk of injury for cyclists riding on cycle tracks is about 28 per cent lower than for cyclists riding on roads where they are unprotected from traffic. Specifically, the RR of injury on cycle tracks was 0.72 (95 percent confidence interval 0.60 to 0.85) compared with bicycling in the reference streets. The authors conclude that the “data suggest that the injury risk of bicycling on cycle tracks is less than bicycling in streets. The construction of cycle tracks should not be discouraged."