Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Vancouver Cyclists Here to Stay

cyclists-464x464As the temperature drops, so do the number of cyclists. This year however, there are more two-wheeled commuters on the roads of Vancouver year-round.

According to The Province, the city has seen a major increase of new cyclists sticking to their bikes even in the rainy, dark winter months. The number of daily mid-week bike trips over the Burrard Street Bridge topped at 6,800 in mid-July this year. The September average is up to 4,500 from 3,800 in 2013.

“It’s really all about the rain gear,” said Erin O’Melinn, executive director of HUB, in The Province. “Cyclists find they’re drier when they get home after riding than when they walk or take the bus because they’re dressed better.” READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Brain Damage in High School Football

Football-brain_464x464TIME continues to discuss the tragic risks of American Football in their latest issue. A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC says high school football players display notable brain changes, even in the absence of a concussion.

The study monitored 24 high school football players between the ages of 16 and 18. Researches mounted sensors to their helmets to assess the frequency and severity of helmet impacts. While the players wearing the helmets were not concussed READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Put Pedestrians First

Pedestrian_YieldA pedestrian advocacy group says more needs to be done to protect pedestrians.

According to The Province, five elderly people were struck while crossing at marked intersections between November 23 and December 3. Four of those pedestrians were hit by vehicles making left-hand turns and one by a vehicle driving straight. According to a Coroners Service report, more than half of fatal incidents at intersections occurred when the pedestrian had the right of way or was waiting at a sidewalk or median. In 70 per cent of those cases vehicles would hit a pedestrian while making a left turn. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Prevent Toy Related Injuries

Toy SafetyThe holiday season is here and many of us are shopping for children. If toys are on your list, take a moment to consider how safe they are. According to CBC, a US study suggests that toy-related injuries have increased by 40 per cent in the last two decades.

Dr. Gary Smith, an injury prevention researcher and director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found that a child was treated in an emergency department for a toy-related injury every three minutes in the US. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s database of 17 emergency departments showed that there were 2,761 cases of toy-related injuries from 2010 to 2011. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Stanley Park Causeway Proposal Revealed

Causeway updateThe Ministry of Transportation revealed proposed changes for the Stanley Park Causeway at a public consultation this week.

According to CBC, the Ministry’s proposed plan includes:

  • Installing fences to separate the sidewalk from the road.
  • Widening the sidewalk on both sides.
  • Limiting pedestrians to the east side of the road.

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10 Holiday Hosting Safety Tips

christmas_tree_falling_editMaking sure your guests stay safe this holiday season is just as important as finding the right décor. Under the Occupiers Liability Act, home owners must ensure their home is reasonably safe for guests, including both the condition of their home and activities occurring there. Ensure that everyone stays in the festive spirit with the following safety tips from the Canada Safety Council:

  1. Ice and Snow: Ensure that sidewalks leading to your event are snow and ice-free to avoid your guests from slipping and falling.
  2. Know your Guests: Knowing your guests will allow you to better assess the changes in someone’s behavior after drinking. Greet all guests on arrival and departure to evaluate their condition. READ FULL ARTICLE +
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Province Schedules Public Consultation for Stanley Park Causeway

Causeway updateLast February I wrote about how The Ministry of Transportation began surveying the Stanley Park Causeway with plans to reveal a design last spring. Instead, the Ministry hopes to gain more insight from the public during a consultation session.

The Stanley Park Causeway is 2.2-kilometres of Highway 99 that connects Vancouver and the North Shore. The redesign project was introduced following the death of a 61-year old woman.  She was commuting by bike when she veered onto the roadway to avoid a pedestrian and collided with a bus. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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BrainScope Makes Waves in Detecting TBIs

BrainScope

The Ahead 200 device by BrainScope, similar to the Ahead 100, which was recently cleared by the FDA. (VIA BrainScope)

According to the USCDC, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur at an annual rate of 500/100,000 individuals. Serious cases can be measured by CAT scans, but injuries such as concussions are more difficult to gauge. Untreated mild TBIs can lead to depression, dementia and other problems.

BrainScope, a privately held medical neurotechnology company, is making waves in detecting traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The company develops portable, non-invasive instruments to help assess brain function at the initial point of care after a head injury. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Off-Road Vehicle Registration Now Available

snowmobile_300x200Do you own one or more of the estimated 200,000 off-road vehicles (ORVs) in British Columbia?

Effective November 17, owners can register their ORVs with ICBC for a one-time fee of $48. This includes ATVs, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes.

Although the rules are currently voluntary, they will become mandatory on June 1, 2015. Snowmobile registrations have been required since the 1970s. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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The Rise of the Foldable Bike Helmet

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Between 2007 and 2012, 68 per cent of riders fatally injured in a bike accidents without car involvement were not wearing a helmet in BC. Helmets are not only an essential piece of equipment for bike commuters but are also mandatory by law in Vancouver. After the ride is over they can become a hassle to carry around.

Folding a helmet, like folding a bike or collapsing an umbrella, makes it easier to carry. With different types of foldable helmets on the market in Europe, expect to see similar models come to Canada and help lighten your load READ FULL ARTICLE +

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