There's an online map that's gaining traction in Canada right now. The map uses crowd-sourced data to inform cyclists about high-risk areas in order to make the streets safer.
Users can mark on the map where they have experienced either a collision, a near-miss accident, cycling hazards, and even bike thefts. It also allows them to mark if there is new infrastructure in an area.
The map has data from around the world, but especially in Canada, where accidents involving cyclists are rising at an alarming rate. People are growing angrier and demanding that more be done to make the roads safer.
Canadians are hoping that as more people use the map and add to it, cyclists can become more aware of which streets to avoid or take extra caution on.
According to the map, Toronto appears to have a greater number of reported cyclists collisions, while Ottawa experiences a lot of near-misses and a high reported number of cyclist hazards. Out west, Calgary has a lot of bike thefts, according to the map.
Different police services in Canada release similar data on cyclists accidents that are reported, but the crowd-sourced map contains more information, albeit not verified, as near-misses and other hazards aren't reported to the police in most cases.
The data provided by people provides users with exactly where and when an incident occurred, the type of incident, and details on exactly what happened.