BICYCLE ACCIDENTS AND USAGE AMONG YOUNG ADULTS: A PRELIMINARY STUDY

Data on a nonrepresentative sample of 1,232 young adults aged 16 to 30 were collected in October, 1972, from 27 college campuses representing all nine U.S. Census areas. Information was gathered concerning the bicyclist, the bicycle used, the person's use of the bicycle on their last driving day, and accidents occurring in the past 5 years, with emphasis on those in the past 12 months. The relationship of usage and accident patterns with sex and type of bicycle were highlighted. Generally, males and bicycles with 5 or more gears had more accident occurrences, but fewer accidents per 1,000 miles of exposure. Significant interactions of sex and bicycle type were also found. Usage and exposure differences between accident and no-accident groups were discussed. The accident group had higher mileage and used their bicycles more often, more for transportation than recreation, and in heavier motor-vehicle traffic than the no-accident group. Comparisons of these preliminary adult bicyclist data were made with data from earlier studies of children.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Schwinn Bicycle Co., Chicago, Ill.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Safety Council

    Research Department, 444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60611

    Schwinn Bicycle Company

    1856 North Kostmer Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60639
  • Authors:
    • Schupack, S A
    • Driessen, G J
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143332
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 051-7 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1977 12:00AM