BICYCLE COLLISION SAFETY

Full scale crash tests were conducted to further identify physical factors, such as nature of trauma, rider and bike impact projections, associated with auto-bike collisions. Representative case studies from several hundred investigations of auto-bike accidents as well as four head-on collision accidents between bicycles further clarify this problem. The techniques of accident reconstruction, which include actual crash tests duplicating the reconstructed findings, serve to document accident evaluation procedures and illustrate the critical nature of such exposures. Close similarities in collision trauma between the auto-bike, auto-pedestrian and auto-motorcycle collisions are established through comparison of crash tests. Traffic safety engineering studies were made of Bike Paths, Bikeways, and Bike Routes illustrating serious design errors, in even newly constructed Bikeways. Bicycling is analyzed with respect to its human factors engineering accident causation, especially in relationship with motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Bicycle engineering evolution, bicycle safety accessories, helmets and protective clothing, bicycle handling qualities, safety rules and statistics are also presented. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at National Safety Congress, 31 October 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering
    Los Angeles, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • SEVERY, D M
    • Severy, L A
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098852
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM