Market Street cyclist getting the squeeze Originally uploaded by richardmasoner

In 2006, MPI paid $8.2 million in claims where cyclists were injured by moving vehicles. Bike To The Future spokesman, Dave Elmore, believes that if even a fraction of that money was spent on educating, we would see a big change in those injury claims. It makes sense when we get down to it. We spend a bit of money to teach active cyclists that biking in a park is different than Downtown Winnipeg and we potentially have less accidents happen.

But what does MPI think?

MPI certainly acknowledges the fact that cyclists need educating, but they’re not the ones who should be paying for it. “MPI spokesman Brian Smiley said the corporation’s mandate is automobile safety.” – CBCnews.

What this really means is that we need a bike-ridership program past grade 3.