Canberra is home to many cyclists. Whether you’re doing the healthy commute to work, riding around the lake, or braving the Stromlo Forest Park track, Canberra provides a terrific environment for cycling for sport, transport and fun. However, despite these conditions, cyclists are still vulnerable road users and can be left injured in accidents.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your losses. This can include loss of income (including using your sick leave), medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Blumers know that despite improved conditions, cyclists remain vulnerable on our roads. Research by Dr Jan Garrard, Senior Lecturer at Deakin University and Active Transport Consultant points out that in Victoria, while serious injuries and deaths on the road have generally decreased substantially for drivers, pedestrians and passengers, this is not the case for cyclists. Read the full article here.
Also, overseas research shows that improving road conditions for cyclists improves injury and death rates for all road users.
We recommend all cyclists ensure they are covered in case they inadvertently cause an accident. This is often covered by your home insurance or Pedal Power membership.
To make the most of your cycling experience, you should consider joining one of the major cycling groups here in the ACT. Some of the key groups are as follows: