High Island ridership comes with a price: Crashes take a jump

Cycling accidents on Vancouver Island are rising at a faster rate than in any other region in B.C., which has some experts questioning a recent push to relax mandatory bike-helmet laws. Although helmets reduce cycling injuries, some believe infrastructure provides the greatest safety benefit.
“People want infrastructure that is away from traffic, either physically by a barrier or – they want bike paths,” said Kay Teschke, a professor at the school of population and public health at UBC. “That’s what will increase cycling for sure, and the good news is that it will also decrease our injury rate.”
Teschke’s research contributes to a national snapshot of bike safety and bike ridership through the Cycling in Cities research program, which ranks Victoria as the best of 10 Canadian cities for “bikeability.”

Times Colonist, Sun Jun 24 2012, By: Derek Spalding, Link to full text