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Transport actif et sécuritaire au primaire

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Catégorie 2013 CMRSC XXIII Montréal
Tags Session 4B
Author/Auteur Michel Lavoie, Guillaume Burigusa, Pierre Maurice, Denis Hamel

Abstract

This study looks at the safety of elementary school students travelling between home and school, with a view to promoting active transportation in Québec. The findings show that between 2003 and 2007, an average of 370 children aged 5 to 12 were injured per year while walking (n=112), cycling (n=61) or riding in a car (n=197) between home and school in Québec. In over 90% of cases, the injuries were minor (i.e. did not require hospitalization). Based on findings in the Montréal, Québec, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières areas from 2003 to 2007, children who walk or bicycle to school seem to be at greater risk of injury than those who travel by car. For example, the injury rate in the Montréal area was 65 injuries per 100 million kilometres travelled by car, compared with 307 injuries (RR=4.7) and 1 181 injuries (RR=18.1) for the same distance travelled on foot and by bicycle, respectively. If young people living 1.6 kilometres or less from school in the Montréal area were to convert 20% of the distance they travel by car into distance travelled on foot, it is estimated that they would sustain 4.4 more injuries per year. This would represent a 2.8% increase in the average number of children injured per year in this area in travelling between home and school. Measures aimed in particular at improving road environment safety could offset this situation fairly easily.

Michel Lavoie, Guillaume Burigusa, Pierre Maurice, Denis Hamel