This report looks at injury hospitalisations for pedal cyclists in 2015–16, as well as trend information for deaths and hospitalisations from 1999–00 to 2015–16.
- about 12,000 cyclists were hospitalised due to injuries sustained in a crash—this was 1 in 5 of the 60,000 people hospitalised due to injury in a land transport crash
- nearly 6 in 10 of hospitalised cyclists were injured in an on-road crash (6,900 or 58%), and the rest were injured off-road
- nearly 6 in 10 hospitalised cyclists had sustained a fracture, with the most common injury being a fractured upper limb.
Between 1999–00 and 2015–16:
- 651 cyclists died, an average of 38 deaths a year
- of cyclists who died, nearly 8 in 10 were aged 25 and over, and 9 in 10 were male
- nearly 160,000 cyclists were hospitalised, an average of more than 9,000 each year
- across all ages, the rate of hospitalisation rose by an average of 1.5% each year
- the proportion aged 25 and over rose, while the proportion aged under 25 fell
- modelling showed a non-statistically-significant decline in cyclist deaths of 1% per year.
Hospitalisation rates rose for cyclists, but fell for other road users
The overall rate of hospitalisation due to pedal cyclist injury rose between 1999–00 and 2015–16, though year-to-year fluctuations varied. The modelled trend for the whole period shows an average rate rise of 1.5% per year, though this rise was faster over the more recent 6-year period (an average increase of 4.4% per year).
This pattern differs from that for motor vehicle occupants, which fell by 1.3% per year, and for pedestrians, which fell by 2.2% per year.
While the hospitalisation rates of pedal cyclists for on-road and off-road crashes fluctuated over the 17 years, both rates recorded similar increases since 2010–11, of 4.7% per year for on-road and 4.3% for off-road.