Characteristics of cyclist collisions in Ireland: Analysis of a self-reported survey

As both a utility mode of transport and recreational activity, cycling has well-known health, environmental, and economic benefits. For these reasons it has been encouraged in many countries, including the Republic of Ireland. However, with increasing popularity there have been concurrent increases in road traffic related cyclist injuries. This study aims to characterize cyclist collisions, which are known to be underreported in Police statistics. For data collection, a survey addressing collisions was distributed to cyclists across the country in 2018. Univariable testing was used to identify differences in collision factors and injury outcomes for cyclist collisions with motorized vehicles, and those where a motorized vehicle is not involved as a collision partner i.e. single cyclist, cyclist-pedestrian, or cyclist-cyclist collisions. Furthermore, binary logistic regression modelling was used to clarify biasing factors for police reporting of collisions. The largest proportion of collisions was between cyclists and motorized vehicles (56%), followed by single cyclist collisions (29%), collisions with other cyclists (8%), and pedestrians (7%). The odds of police reporting for collisions with motorized vehicles in this study was 20 times greater than single cyclist collisions, 10 times greater than cyclist-cyclist collisions, and 4 times greater than collisions with pedestrians. The odds of Police reporting of serious injury collisions was 7 times greater than minor injury collisions. There were several differences in road, environmental, and human factors, and injury patterns between cyclist-motorized vehicle collisions and non-motorized vehicle collisions. The findings of this study indicate that greater attention should be paid to the following underreported collision types: 1) those that do not involve collisions with motorized vehicles (single cyclist collisions in particular), which have been shown to have differing collision characteristics to motorized vehicle collisions, and 2) less severe injuries, which have been shown to be a substantial contributor to the cyclist safety problem. Furthermore, surveys have been shown to be a valuable mechanism for investigation of lower severity cyclist injuries, which are largely unrecorded in Police or hospital data.


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  • Accession Number: 01764916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 2021 3:22PM