Comment 112668

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 08, 2015 at 13:53:47 in reply to Comment 112667

It is only my guess but I expect that you will never be able to create a proper insurance regime without some form of registration.

Generally, cyclists are already covered by insurance in Ontario. In a collision with a car, the driver's insurance will cover benefits for any injuries. If the cyclist has car insurance (90% of cyclists also drive) or is a dependent of someone with car insurance, they will also have insurance under their own plan.

Again, just consider cities that have achieved much higher rates of cycling than Canada: they do not have the problems for which you are claiming we need to establish a registration regime.

The more people ride and the more they ride on the roads, the more likely there will be serious injuries unless we separate the cars from the bikes like they do in Holland (which is the best solution.)

It's the other way around: the more we separate the cars from the bikes, the more people will choose to ride a bike.

That said, there is a clear and strong safety in numbers effect for cycling: as the number of cyclists goes up, the rate of injuries goes down.

For example, when New York City quadrupled its number of bike trips between 2000 and 2007 the absolute number of collisions remained flat, i.e. the rate dropped by three quarters.

I have a friend whose daughter goes to Cambridge

Your example of a university policy for students parking their bikes on campus is really not relevant. In any case, you had just finished writing that your concern is with injury coverage, which the Cambridge bike registration does not address.

Seriously, enough. State bike registration is a heavy-handed solution to a non-problem.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2015-07-08 13:54:52

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