With more cyclists on the road thanks to stellar summer weather, it’s no shock some don’t feel safe sharing the space with vehicles.
A State Farm survey has found that one-in-four Canadians feel it’s unsafe to take two wheels to city streets, thanks to distracted drivers and pedestrians, road construction, as well as other cyclists who simply don’t follow the rules.
About 20% of survey respondents say they cycle on some of the busier streets, and more than half have been in, or known someone, who has been in an accident.
According to Statistics Canada, nearly 7500 cyclists are injured annually.
Also of note, 36% of Canadian teens admit to texting while biking, and when it comes to cycling while impaired, 72% feel cyclists should be hit with the same penalties as drivers.
The survey also found 55% of drivers find those on bikes to be a nuisance on the road; 45% of cyclists felt that way about motorists.
“Motorists and cyclists have had a contentious relationship for years. A lack of cycling infrastructure and confusion about the rules of sharing the road has a lot to do with it. Small things to drivers, like drainage grates and potholes are major dangers to cyclists. Cyclists that disobey traffic laws or take up lane space en masse can have motorists seeing red. Having a better understanding of the laws in your area, staying focused and sober on the road whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, is essential to ensuring all of us remain safe.” – John Bordignon, Media Relations, State Farm