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Type: Journal article
Title: Overview of pedal cyclist traffic casualties in South Australia
Author: Hutchinson, T.
Kloeden, C.
Long, A.
Citation: Ergonomics Australia, 2008; 22(1):6-15
Publisher: Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1033-1875
Organisation: Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
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T. P. Hutchinson, C. N. Kloeden, and A. D. Long
Abstract: Characteristics of pedal cycle crashes (as reported to the police) in South Australia, and how they have changed over the period 1981-2004, are examined. The paper describes both the present situation (2001-2004) and how it has changed since 1981; both child and adult casualties; both the numbers of casualties and the proportions seriously injured; and both factors that are commonly tabulated and some that are relatively unusual. In 1981, pedal cyclist casualties were mostly children and teenagers, but in 2004, pedal cyclist casualties were mostly spread across the age range from 16 to 49. Child pedal cyclist casualties reached a maximum in 1982-1987, and have fallen sharply since. Adult pedal cyclist casualties reached a maximum in 1987-1990, and then fell. Concerning the proportion of casualties seriously injured (i.e., killed or admitted to hospital), in 2001-2004 this proportion among adults (16+) was 12% when the speed limit was 60 km/h or less, and 33% when the speed limit was 70 km/h or higher. Among the four most frequent types of crashes (right angle, side swipe, right turn, and rear end), the proportions of adult casualties seriously injured were 11%, 11%, 16%, and 18%. The proportion was 14% for male drivers of the motor vehicle and 9% for female drivers; it was 17%, 15%, 15%, 14%, 10%, and 11% for motor vehicle driver age groups 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-99.
Keywords: Bicycle
Rights: © HFESA- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
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