Typology of bicycle collisions and falls from a survey of 1078 injured people: some hints for safety advices

Cycling is promoted for its health benefits. However, it is somehow risky; about 8 times more than using a car once adjusted on exposure. Most of the existing studies are based on police data, not suitable for cycling safety studies because of underreporting and biases on the type of accident (collision vs. bicycle-only). This work aims to improve knowledge of cyclist accidents circumstances by building a typology. To do so, 3300 cyclists injured in 2009-2011 from a road trauma registry were contacted; 1078 questionnaires were returned and analysed. Using clustering methods, a multifactorial typology of 17 configurations of crashes has been obtained. The most discriminatory variables are the type of accident (collisions vs. falls or avoidance), the trip purpose (utilitarian, practising sport, leisure ride) and the cyclist age group. Analyses suggest that the avoidance of another road user and seniors' collisions cause more serious injuries than collisions at a junction. Links with the injured body region are also presented.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01534679
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 10:18AM