Report

Bicycle and motor vehicle crash characteristics

2 Oct 2006
Description

Male cyclists aged 30 to 39 are at high risk of being killed or injured in collisions with motor vehicles on weekdays from 4pm to 6pm. Nine out of 10 collisions happen on a straight stretch of road with the vehicle hitting the bike by turning or parking. Eighty per cent of crash victims were men. This report describes the characteristics of crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles. Crashes involving 13,901 bicycle riders were matched to colliding motor vehicles and their drivers. Male cyclists aged 30 to 39 are at high risk of being killed or injured in collisions with motor vehicles on weekdays from 4pm to 6pm. Nine out of 10 collisions happen on a straight stretch of road with the vehicle hitting the bike by turning or parking. Eighty per cent of crash victims were men.

This report describes the characteristics of crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles and was based on data on police reported crashes in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia during 2000-2004. Crashes involving 13,901 bicycle riders were matched to colliding motor vehicles and their drivers. These collisions were used to describe characteristics of bicycle crash circumstances, demographics and serious injury outcomes of both bicycle riders and motorists involved. Results of the research has been valuable in providing insight into understanding bicycle and motor vehicle collisions resulting in injury to the bicycle rider. Directions for further research have been suggested.

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2006
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