Ontario Cyclist: "Three people walking in an Ontario park were hit by lightning a few months ago and are in hospital. In Canada alone, 10 people will die and 160 are injured by lightning each year.
Bike safety is important when bike touring as well. We often cycle when its raining and providing you have good gear such as a Gore-Tex jacket and waterproof panniers you just ride out the storm, no problem. However if there is lightning strikes in the area sitting on bicycle is a risk, the metal frame and skinny bike tires conduct electricity and will not insulate you."