Crash-mapping tools improve safety for cyclists

University of Victoria research team launches web-map to help cyclists avoid risky riding places

Did you have a near miss during your morning cycling commute?

Why not map it on bikemaps.org, where your incident will be part of a new University of Victoria project aimed at improving cycling safety.

University of Victoria geography professor Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in the UVic Geography SPAR Lab (spatial pattern and analysis research) are launching a web-map to find hot spots of safe and risky cycling in the Capital Regional District.

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.

Nelson, a bike commuter, says only 30 to 40 per cent of cycling accident data is captured by traditional data sources such as police reports.

Engage using the #bikemaps hashtag on Twitter.