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  1. The link to the League criteria PDF is wrong. It currently points to somewhere on the UofT site.

  2. I’m skeptical on the need to encourage cycling. For instance, I was traveling east on Bloor West near High Park yesterday. There was one cyclist on the right lane. All the cars had to either wait behind him or change to the left. i.e. One person significantly slowed the traffic for a hundred people in few dozen cars. Is it really worth it? (Any stats?)

    The shops in that area are quite dead, half of them are closed down. Moving more people should increase businesses, regardless of mode of transportation. I’m more for public transportation.

    Yes, riding feels awesome. But policy is about best interest of most people. Besides, cycling has the #2 highest rate of injury of all sports. The health care saving is thus moot.

  3. @adora: source for the stat in the final paragraph? Also, source for the rate of injuries that result in an interaction with the Health Care system, and the average costs of such interaction (to support the conclusion in your last sentence).

    Sounds like a good paper topic.

  4. @caio is just the first one I pull off google. Their number is for emergency room treated injury by sports. No number in costs by sports. It would be interesting.

    I have also heard on Science Friday or BBC Health Check that cycling is one of the sports with highest rate of head trauma and concussion mainly due to noncompliance in headgear usage. Afterall, you don’t need a license to bike and no one ever gets ticketed for not wearing helmets. They degree of head trauma might not be as severe as in contact sports, but definitely more prevalence. i.e. The more popular cycling is, the higher number of casual riders, the lower headgear compliance, and thus higher rate of injuries.

    This is why I’m very skeptical. If the goal is truly “health”, can’t we just walk?