A new study out of Montreal shows that cyclists on separated bike paths are at a lower risk than those riding on Montreal streets unprotected from traffic. The risk of injury is approximately 28% lower for the cyclists on separated infrastructure.
Montreal has several “cycle tracks” which are paths that are exclusively for cyclists, but are separated from traffic by a physical barrier. Toronto will soon have a network of separated bike lanes, but Windsor currently does not have any plans to implement the idea.
The montreal-based study was published earlier this month in the Injury Prevention Journal, and concludes that cycle tracks increase cycling activity, and do not increase injury rates. In addition to determining the decreased injury rate, the study found that streets with cycle tracks were used my more than twice as many cyclists as streets without cycle tracks.
Source: Montreal Gazette