This study was sponsored by the Office of Road Safety, Commonwealth Department of Transport and the Australian Road Research Board. This report contains descriptions of the causes and consequences of the pedal cycle accidents contained in a representative sample of road traffic accidents to which an ambulance was called in metropolitan Adelaide. Reviews of the relevant characteristics of the cyclists and drivers, the vehicles, and the road and traffic environment are also included. One-third of these 22 accidents involved a child cyclist who was riding carelessly on a residential street. The other two-thirds mostly involved adult cyclists on arterial roads, and were a consequence of errors made equally by the cyclists and the drivers. Alcohol intoxication was not a significant factor in any of these accidents. Almost all of the cyclists were injured, and their injuries were often very severe. The front of the striking car caused two-thirds of the severe injuries. A number of possible countermeasures and topics worthy of further investigation are listed at the end of the report (a). (TRRL)

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Office of Road Safety, Department of Transport and Australian Road Research Board. Part 1 is HS-028 696, Parts 4 and 5 are HS-028 698.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Adelaide

    North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia  Australia  5005
  • Authors:
    • McLean, A J
    • Brewer, N D
    • Sandow, B L
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314691
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • ISBN: 0 908204 01 9
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph, HS-028 697
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1984 12:00AM