Drunk cycling in the city


It’s 8 p.m. on a Friday night in Vancouver. Outside The Whip, a pub off Main Street, the bike rack is already full. Inside are a couple of tables with bike helmets resting next to pitchers or pints of beer. Four hours later, late-night revellers are spilling out of the Cobalt and Electric Owl, two popular live music venues further down the street. It’s not uncommon to see people getting on their bikes and riding off into the night.

Drunk driving may be on the decline, according to recentstudies, but drunk cycling is another story. Many who wouldn’t consider getting behind the wheel after a few drinks don’t think twice before hopping on their bikes. Although it’s difficult to say how prevalent drunk cycling is, there are consequences that are often overlooked.

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