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Accid Anal Prev. 2012 Mar;45:164-72. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.12.002. Epub 2012 Jan 12.

Mapping commuter cycling risk in urban areas.

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School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Cycling is becoming an increasingly important transportation option for commuters. Cycling offers exercise opportunities and reduces the burden of motor vehicle travel on society. Mapping the risk of collision between cyclists and motor vehicles in urban areas is important to understanding safe cyclist route opportunities, making informed transportation planning decisions, and exploring patterns of injury epidemiology. To date, many geographic analyses and representations of cyclist risk have not taken the concept of exposure into account. Instead, risk is either expressed as a rate per capita, or as a count of events. Using data associated with the City of Hamilton, Canada, we illustrate a method for mapping commuter cyclist collision risk per distance travelled. This measure can be used to more realistically represent the underlying geography of cycling risk, and provide more geographically and empirically meaningful information to those interested in understanding how cycling safety varies over space.

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