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Monday, June 22, 2009

Inattention is top cause of bike collisions: report

The Insurance Bureau of British Columbia, the province's car insurer, says almost half of bicycle collisions are caused because either the car driver or the bike rider was not paying attention.

The second-most common cause is cyclists driving on the wrong side/wrong way on the road, followed by "driver error/confusion" by the rider or vehicle driver.

The ICBC report catalogs the reported collisions resulting in injury or death. The 2006 data, the most recent available, shows a 3 per cent drop in collisions after a steady rise since 2002.

In 2005, B.C. dropped the sales tax on its mandatory bicycle helmets. In Ontario, helmets are mandatory only for children and eBike riders.

Follow the numbers

The top five reasons bicyclists cause collisions that result in injury or death.
  1. Inattentive bicycle rider.
  2. Biking on wrong side of the road.
  3. Rider confusion/error.
  4. Failure of bicycle to yield right of way.
  5. Bicycle ignoring traffic control device.
Alcohol involving the bicycle rider was also identified a significant factor, but alcohol use by car drivers was a much smaller factor in car-bike collisions.

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