Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Cycling Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), in 2017 in Simcoe Muskoka, there were over 900 emergency visits for cycling related injuries. The age-standardized rate for cycling injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 173.1 (162.2, 184.6) visits per 100,000 population, which significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 158.8 (156.7, 160.9) visits per 100,000 population.

The cycling injury emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario displayed a significant downward trend over the 15-years from 2003 to 2017, decreasing by approximately one per cent per year. The Simcoe Muskoka cycling injury emergency visit rate was above the provincial rate for each year over this time period.

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The age-standardized rate for cycling injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2017 was 242.0 (223.8, 261.2) visits per 100,000, which more than double the female rate of 102.5 (90.8, 115.4) visits per 100,000. There was a significant downward trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates for Simcoe Muskoka males from 2003 to 2017; however, the trend for Simcoe Muskoka females has remained flat over this same time period.

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The age-specific rate for cycling injury emergency visits between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among children between the ages of 5 and 14 years at 509.5 (483.9, 536.1) visits per 100,000 populations. This was one-and-a-half times higher than the rate for those 15 to 24 years of age and more than four-times the rate for any other age group. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for children 5 to 14 years and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

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The trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates among children (5 to 14 years) in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario displayed a significant downward trend over the 15-year period from 2003 to 2017, decreasing by more than four per cent per year over this period of time. The Simcoe Muskoka youth cycling injury emergency visit rate was significantly higher than the provincial rate for the entire 15 years.

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For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, cycling injury emergency visit rate among those living in neighbourhoods with highest prevalence of low-income was significantly higher when compared with the rates for those living in all other areas.

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Hospitalizations

In Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2016, there were 50 hospitalizations per year, on average, for cycling related injuries; however, this number fell by half to 24 in 2017. The reason for this decline is unknown and decreases were observed across all age groups, but were more pronounced for youth (10 to 19 years) and older adults (45 to 64 years). Males accounted for approximately 80 per cent of cycling injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka and this pattern was consistent across all age-groups. Children (5 to 14 years old) accounted for one-in-five cycling injury hospitalization in Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2017. The age-specific cycling injury hospitalizations rates in Simcoe Muskoka were not significantly different from the comparable provincial rates over this eight-year time period.

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Deaths

Over the 16-year period between 2000 and 2015, 17 Simcoe Muskoka residents died in cycling accidents, with 16 of the 17 decedents being male and 10 of the 17 deaths were as a result of a traffic collision with a car or truck. During the same 16-year time period, 389 cyclists died across Ontario, with nearly 9-in-10 decedents being male and approximately 50 per cent of deaths were as a result of a traffic collision with a car, truck or bus. The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.