conflating mtb and transportation/road riding when thinking about safety is stupid
check out these two slides. this first one is hospitalization rates for cyclists. the y axis is # of injury-related hospitalizations/1,000,000 trips taken by bicycle. the x axis is the percentage of all trips that are made by bicycle
notice how bc, which has the highest rate of cycling transportation activity among canadian provinces, also has by far the highest rate of cycling-injury relate hospitalization? now, notice those words in green across the top: "All causes â includes mountain biking"
this slide shows the same information, but with mtb related riding activity and injury removed:
in this case the provinces aren't indicated - but if you refer to the first slide, it's easy to figure out that bc actually has really low rates of transportation related hospitalizations
include mtb related crashes and injuries and we have the worst safety record in canada. exclude them and we have among the best. ignore the math at your own peril
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