Cycling Safety Map

Did you have a near miss during your morning cycling commute, or your favorite recreational ride?

Now you can map it on and your incident will be part of a new University of Victoria project aimed at improving cycling safety.

BikeMaps screenshotIn October 2014 UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers launched a web-map to find hot spots of safe and risky cycling. They are collecting data to conduct geographical information system (GIS) and statistical analysis. Cyclists can record bike crashes, near misses, hazards and thefts in the region.

Hazards refer to potholes, narrow intersections or other road dangers while near-misses and collisions include those with another bike or pedestrian.

“With only 30 to 40 per cent of cycling accident data captured by traditional sources, represents an important effort to fill data and information gaps”, says Nelson. “I love cycling and I commute by bike daily. But, especially as a mom, I am always looking for ways our family can ride as safely as possible.”

“If we want to get people on the road, we need to make cycling safer. And unfortunately, we have to turn the lens onto risk in order to get the data that we need to make cycling safer,” Nelson said.

ICBC and police data do not reflect bike accidents if there is no vehicle insurance claim or police response. If a cyclist broke an arm on a problematic curb, there wouldn’t be a record. Near-miss data is important because it’s not recorded elsewhere.

“The ability to capture near-miss incidents is exciting, as it will provide an early warning system for trouble spots and enable municipalities to proactively address potential safety concerns,” said Jennifer Black, manager of the CRD’s Active Transportation Program.

Local governments want to know where to invest on cycling infrastructure, repairs, road improvements or changing traffic patterns. The bike mapping will help them do that.

Most cyclists ride wherever they’re going without incident, but a tool that tracks where the dangers lie has real potential for getting those concerns addressed as patterns or common issues keep turning up.

An additional feature of BikeMaps is the incorporation of ridership data from Strava. Cyclists with GPS devices can download their rides to Strava and see them added to the map, which then shows the popularity of various routes, including mountain biking.

Routes and Maps

New Cycle Route – Shawnigan Lake to Mill Bay

Shawnigan Lake to Mill Bay with less Highway

A new tip came into the Cycle Cowichan Hotline (also know as our contact form). A new route that will reduce highway riding in the Shawnigan/Mill Bay area. It looks pretty cool, as this would make for a much enjoyable ride.

Mill Bay New Route Map“I would like to let the Bike community know about a new shortcut between Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd and Mill Bay Center. This will cut out quite a bit of small shoulder riding on Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd and some TCH riding.
Take Briarwood Dr(Off Shawnigan Mill Bay RD, near Cameron Taggert intersection) and continue straight through new subdivision(short straight road), there is a new dedicated walking and biking path that goes over Handysen Creek that can be accessed from the cul de sac at the end of Briarwood, its a 4 meter wide path to the right which takes you over the creek toward Lilmac, this will connect to Deloume just south of the plaza that has a Timmy’s etc, TCH just ahead. The path over the creek also connects to the new 20 acre Hollings Creek Park to be explored, on foot or by mountain bike. Park on upper Briarwood if driving.