A study was undertaken to investigate the safety of high rise bicycles compared with the ordinary type. High rise bicycles have smaller front wheels than back wheels. Information has been obtained from south Glamorgan for a period from may 1974 to April 1975 on children within the ages of 5 to 12 who were admitted to hospital or died after bicycle accidents. The pattern of high rise ownership in the area was established by visiting local schools. Results from the study suggest that high rise bicycles are less safe than conventional machines. Unfamiliarity with the bicycle is an important contributory factor. More boys than girls were injured suggesting that personality and pattern of play may be important. Bicycles of the high rise style but with wheels of equal diameter are being made; one design has been altered to increase its stability. /TRRL/

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 613-614
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 606
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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  • Accession Number: 00156494
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM