OMA Pushing Province to Focus on Bike Safety
The Ontario Medical Association says it's time the province gave bicycle safety a higher priority.
An O-M-A report says with 26-thousand cycling-related emergency room visits in 2009, it's time to focus more on bike safety.
For one thing, the association wants the province to test new drivers on how they share the road with bicyclists before getting their licence.
The doctors also wants bicycle safety lessons added to the curriculum in primary schools.
The report makes a number of suggestions to promote safe riding such as adding paved shoulders to rural roads to give cyclists a buffer from traffic.
Association president Dr. Stewart Kennedy says cycling is a great a way to stay fit but the debate about using bicycles is too often politically driven.
(The Canadian Press)