Public Health Researcher Jackie Williamson conducted a study of 1470 children admitted to Calgary and Edmonton ERs. The conclusions were that the most dangerous thing a cyclist faced was not lack of helmet use but vehicle collisions.

Williamson points out that until now, researchers have been focused on helmet protection for children. “Maybe we need more designated bike lanes separated from the roads to ensure safety,” she says.

The study is supported by Transport Canada’s own study which shows that cyclist fatalities in Canada remain at 60 per year despite widespread helmet adoption. 

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