Circumstances of on‐road single‐vehicle cyclist crashes in the Australian Capital Territory

Boufous, S., Senserrick, T., Richardson, D., Ivers, R. and de Rome, L. 2014, Circumstances of on‐road single‐vehicle cyclist crashes in the Australian Capital Territory, in ICSC 2014 : Proceedings of the International Cycling Safety Conference, SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 1-9.

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Title Circumstances of on‐road single‐vehicle cyclist crashes in the Australian Capital Territory
Author(s) Boufous, S.
Senserrick, T.
Richardson, D.
Ivers, R.
de Rome, L.ORCID iD for de Rome, L.
Conference name International Cycling Safety. Conference (2014 : Gothenborg, Sweden)
Conference location Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference dates 18-19 Nov. 2014
Title of proceedings ICSC 2014 : Proceedings of the International Cycling Safety Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2014
Conference series International Cycling Safety Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers
Place of publication Gothenburg, Sweden
Keyword(s) cyclist
Summary Despite the large number of single‐ vehicle bicycle crashes, very little is known about their riskfactors. The lack of research in this area is mainly due to under reporting of these crashes inpolice crash data and lack of information about the circumstances leading to their occurrencein other administrative data (i.e. hospital data).The study examines the circumstances of single‐vehicle cyclist crashes that occur on publicroads.A survey of adult cyclists who were injured as a result of a crash and presented to emergencydepartments in the Australian Capital Territory over a period of 6 months, November 2009 toMay 2010. Participants injured in on‐road single‐vehicle crashes are the focus of this paper.Overall, 105 cyclists reported being involved in on‐road single‐vehicle crashes which correspondsto 32% of all study participants and just over half of those involved in all single‐vehiclecrashes, including those that occurred off‐road. Just over 66% of cyclists involved in on‐roadsingle‐vehicle crashes first learned to ride when they were aged 5 to 9 years and just under90% were regular cyclists riding an average of over 30Km per week. Almost three quarters reportedlosing control of the bicycle and about a quarter reported surface characteristics ascontributing factors to the crash. Behavioural factors such as distraction (21%), speeding(16.2%) and alcohol (5.7%) as well as bike failure (19.6%) also contributed to the crash accordingto study participants.The findings point to the importance of maintenance of roads frequently used by cyclists andthe need for more research into the role of riding and bicycle handling skills training as well ascyclists education in preventing on‐road single‐vehicle crashes.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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