In 2012, 1,954 cyclists were victims of a road accident involving a motor vehicle. Among those victims, 13 people were killed, 88 were seriously injured and 1,853 sustained minor injuries.
In 2012, the rate of cyclist victims per 100,000 citizens was approximately three times higher among youth aged 16 to 24 than adults aged 25 or older. This confirms that young people aged 16 to 24 are over-represented among cyclist victims.
The Importance of Remaining Vigilant... At All Times
- Head injuries continue to be the leading cause of death among cyclists. These types of injuries are the most severe and account for 60% of deaths and 30% of serious injuries;
- Approximately one quarter of victims are aged 16 to 24;
- An estimated 90% of accidents occur in residential or commercial areas, mainly in zones where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less;
- Most accidents occur between noon and 8:00 p.m.;
- Approximately 60% of accidents on the road network occur at intersections;
- One in ten accidents occurs in wet road conditions;
- Inattention (on the part of motorists or cyclists) is the leading cause of fatal accidents.
Other factors that can cause accidents:
- Failure to stop at a stop sign, red light or failure to yield the right of way where required;
- Failure to be clearly seen by other road users;
- Failure to ride with the flow of traffic.
Cycling Remains as Popular as Ever
In 2010, there were an estimated 4 million cyclists across Québec, including 3.1 million adults. A variety of factors can affect a cyclist's safety, including:
- road design;
- the presence or absence of bicycle lanes;
- riding in a rural or urban setting;
- sharing the road with a variety of other users.
Hence, the importance of convincing cyclists to take responsibility for their own safety by wearing a helmet, for example. Helmets are extremely important because they are a cyclist's only protection.