State Farm has polled 3,000 Canadians about cycling, and these are their answers.
CANADA — Earlier this year, State Farm surveyed 3,000 Canadians across the nation asking questions regarding cycling on busy city streets. The results of the survey – released just last week – may come as a surprise.
State Farm’s open commentary reads:
With bicycling season now in full effect Canadian cyclists are taking to the roads; but how they can arrive safely at their destination is a constant concern in communities large and small.
Whether it’s encountering distracted drivers and pedestrians, construction, road obstacles, or other cyclists who don’t follow the rules, safely sharing the streets is a daily adventure. So it’s not surprising that one out of four Canadians think that it’s unsafe to ride a bicycle on city streets.State Farm, July 27, 2016
Edmontonians know that many driver’s have a grudge against cyclists, and cyclists have a grudge against many drivers. Thing is, this isn’t just an Edmonton issue, but a national issue.
Did you know that 54% of cyclists find motorists annoying, while similarly, 55% of drivers find cyclists annoying? It’s true, and I believe it one-hundred percent. In fact, I’m surprised it isn’t a higher percentage for both parties.
Texting and cycling & drinking and cycling:
Did you know that 36% of cyclists polled have admitted to cycling and texting? Of those 3,000 polled, when it comes to teens who answered, it was a 50/50 split.
Do you feel that texting and cycling should be made illegal, just as texting and driving has through new distracted driving laws? Although I don’t think it should be as strict of a law for cyclists, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be made law. If cyclists are going to be sharing roads with drivers, the same laws should apply to them, shouldn’t they?
With that said, 72% of Canadians feel that cyclists should face the same penalties as drivers do when caught drinking and cycling, whereas 28% feel that they shouldn’t.
Although I do feel that cycling and driving should be against the law, you do have to admit that drinking and cycling is a ton better than drinking and driving.
8 out of 10 Canadians think cyclists should be legally required to wear a helmet.State Farm
We just have to remember that we’re all in this together. We’ve all got places to be, and we all want to arrive there alive and well. Drivers need to be cautious of cyclists, and cyclists need to be aware of what’s around them at all times.
Truth be told, if it were up to me, I’d make it so cyclists have to ride their bikes on sidewalks. Why? Because a vehicle hitting a cyclists is bounds for potential death, whereas a cyclist striking a walking pedestrian is highly unlikely to cause serious harm or death. Why this isn’t the way things are is entirely unbeknownst to me.
Whether you’re a cyclist, driver or walker, please be aware out there.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.