Bike collisions highest for university-aged men

DalTRAC study shows that the younger generation is more at risk for crosswalk collisions

Ahsan Habib says marked intersections are the problem when it comes to reported collisions between bikes, cars and pedestrians. (Photo: Kimber Lubberts)

Young men 20 to 24 years of age are at the highest risk for bicycle collisions in Nova Scotia, according to Dalhousie University researchers who investigate road safety.

In terms of pedestrian collisions, the numbers are divided relatively equally between females and males, said Ahsan Habib, a DalTRAC team member. However, “severity level is actually higher for females.”

Those were some of the conclusions the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory presented to the Active Transportation Advisory Committee on Thursday. The Dal group is a transportation research unit that has conducted research on reported collisions between the years 2007 to 2011 to create awareness of the raise to approximately 15,700 collisions in 2011.

The overall number of collisions at marked intersections has gone up over the past couple years, specifically among younger people, Habib said.

The group said it will release a more detailed report closer to the new year.

“Currently we are running a social media campaign,” said Habib. “We want to target a certain age group [and] social media makes sense.”

DalTRAC’s Share the Road campaign aims to “educate and encourage safer sharing of the roads for all users.”  DalTRAC is using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as education tools to make youth aware of their campaign.

“I think it would be really wonderful if HRM could take the Share the Road campaign and really adopt it,” said Janet Barlow from the Ecology Action Centre, which is a partner in the research.

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