Road Safety

Cycling injuries in Manitoba and Canada

In Canada, approximately 7,500 cyclists suffer serious injuries and another 70,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for cycling-related injuries each year.1

In Manitoba:

  • Each year on average two cyclists are killed and 144 are injured in collisions.2
  • Nearly 70 per cent of cyclists injured in a collision with a vehicle were not wearing a helmet. 2
  • Collisions with vehicles occur most frequently during heavy traffic times on weekdays, with the majority occurring between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. 2
  • Nearly 90 per cent of cyclists killed in a collision with a vehicle were not wearing a helmet. 2

Why are collisions occurring?

There are many causes for these collisions including:

  • not following the rules of the road
  • failing to yield the right of way
  • motorists failing to see the cyclist
  • motorists passing cyclists too closely on the roadway and/or squeezing cyclists to the edge of the road

Claims reports suggest that fault for bicycle-motor vehicle collisions is often shared between drivers and cyclists. To avoid collisions, all road users should continually scan the surroundings and be aware of what’s going on around them.

Common collisions

Collisions between cyclists and motorists happen when:

  1. A motorist makes a right turn into the path of a cyclist travelling through the intersection.
  2. A motorist makes a left turn into the path of a cyclist travelling through an intersection.
  3. A motorist makes a right turn across the path of a cyclist continuing straight through an intersection.
  4. A cyclist is travelling illegally on the sidewalk and crosses an intersection.

Sources:

1 Statistics Canada

2 Manitoba Public Insurance collision data, 2014