May 23, 2015


Letters to the Editor

Clarifying bike stats

Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press files
A cyclist makes his way through Confusion Corner in rush-hour traffic.

Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press files A cyclist makes his way through Confusion Corner in rush-hour traffic.

The Jan. 2 article on safe distances for vehicles passing cyclists (One-metre rule) provided statistics on cyclist fatalities, but did not reference what geographic area these statistics covered and failed to mention issues concerning pedestrians. In the process, the seriousness of the issue was understated.

The article reported 13 cyclist fatalities between 2001 and 2010. This is the correct number for the city, based on Winnipeg Police collision reports. However, from 2003 through 2012 there were 29 cyclist fatalities and 166 pedestrian fatalities throughout Manitoba, as reported by Manitoba Public Insurance at recent public utility board hearings.

In total, an average of about three cyclists and 17 pedestrians die each year as a result of car collisions in Manitoba, and many more are injured.

Surely this justifies further efforts on the part of MPI, the provincial government and others to improve the safety of our roads for pedestrians and cyclists, as recommended by the PUB.

JEREMY HULL

Co-chair, Bike Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 13, 2014 A8

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