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Calgary marks a year without any cyclist fatalities

If one is too many, Calgary got it just right.

The city has some encouraging stats when it comes to collisions with bicycles.

In 2013 there were zero deaths associated with crashes with cyclists.

Dale Calkins with Bike Calgary said there is no way to give a single reason to why the numbers were so low.

“There’s no doubt though improving dedicated bike lanes infrastructure in Calgary has provided a positive benefit for people riding,” Calkins said.
He said Calgary still needs to improve their bike infrastructure but these numbers are encouraging.

Inspector Michael Watterston with the traffic unit tells 660News officers are not pausing to celebrate.

“This year has certainly been a bad year for fatality collisions overall, we’ve had 40 fatalities this year and 18 of those involved alcohol, so we’re not at the point where we can celebrate by any means,” Watterston said.

He says there are several groups advocating for cycling knowledge which has helped the situation.