Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Cycling Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), on average, there were over 1,000 emergency visits per year for cycling related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2015.

The age-standardized rate for cycling injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 185.5 (173.4, 196.6) visits per 100,000 population, which not significantly different than the Ontario rate of 174.5 (172.3, 176.8) visits per 100,000 population.

The trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario displayed a significant downward trend over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015, decreasing by an average of 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 2015 was 268.8 (249.1, 288.4) visits per 100,000, which more than double the female rate of 99.1 (87.1, 111.1) visits per 100,000. The 2015 cycling injury emergency visit rates for Ontario males and females were not significantly different from the comparable local rates. There was a significant downward trend in the cycling injury emergency visit rates for Simcoe Muskoka males from 2003 to 2015; however, there was not a significant trend for Simcoe Muskoka females over this same time period.

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The age-specific rate for cycling injury emergency visits between 2003 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among children between the ages of 5 and 14 years at 695.3 (686.0, 704.6) visits per 100,000 populations. This nearly double the rate for those 15 to 24 years of age and more than five-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 13-year period from 2003 to 2015, decreasing by approximately one-third over this time period. The Simcoe Muskoka youth cycling injury emergency visit rate was significantly higher than the provincial rate for the entire 13 years.

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For the time period from 2011 to 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for cycling injuries were significantly lower among those living in the top 40 per cent of neighbourhood income distribution when compared with those living in the bottom 60%.

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Hospitalizations

On average, there were approximately 50 hospitalizations per year for cycling related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2015. Males accounted for approximately 80 per cent of cycling injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka during this time period and this pattern was consistent across all age-groups. Children (5 to 14 years old) accounted for nearly one-third of all cycling injury hospitalization in Simcoe Muskoka between 2003 and 2015. Between 2003 and 2015, cycling injury hospitalizations among Simcoe Muskoka children (5 to 14 years) were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rate; however, cycling injury hospitalizations for younger children (1 to 4 years) in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly lower than the comparable provincial rate.

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For the time period from 2011 to 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, hospital admissions for cycling injuries were significantly lower among those living in the top 20 per cent of neighbourhood income distribution when compared with those living in the bottom 20%.

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Deaths

Over the 13-year period between 2000 and 2012, 16 Simcoe Muskoka residents died in cycling accidents, with 15 of the 16 decedents being male and 10 of the 14 deaths were as a result of a traffic collision with a car or truck. During the same 13-year time period, 328 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.