This investigation is to study all Motor Vehicle Accident Reports and British Columbia Bicycle School Surveys in order to gain insight into bicycle accidents. The BCBS survey is comprised of 1120 males and 572 females with accidents, and a random sample of 388 males and 284 females with no accidents. The MVAR forms are comprised of 517 males, 177 females and 13 who did not answer. BCBS Survey: Of the 672 no accidents, 68% were male, 42% females; of those with accidents 66.2 were males and 33.8 females. Only about 20% of all the bicycles in the survey could legally be driven at night. The accident group have poorer road location driving habits. Individuals who carry passengers have most accidents. Of the males who had accidents 64.3% were riding bicycles with hi-rise handle bars, while of males with no accidents 42.3% had regular handle bars. Females age 10-12 have the highest percentage of accidents, as do males. 57.3% of the males accident group drive hi-rise bicycles and 32.2% drive regular bicycles compared to 47.9% on hi-rise bicycles and 42.3% on regular bicycles for the no accident group. Of all males 53% ride hi-rise, females 20%. MVAR: The greatest number of accidents occur in residential areas when "just driving around" between 3-5 pm and 6-10 pm at or between intersections. Weather is not an important factor. 48.4% of the cyclists broke Sec. 173 of the Motor Vehicle Act at the time of their accident. 22.5% of the accidents were due to mechanical failures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report includes: "A Report on Bicycle Accidents in British Columbia" by Mark W.J. Ryan.
  • Corporate Authors:

    British Columbia Safety Council, Canada

    Home and School Section
    Vancouver, BC  Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1971-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM