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Bike Forum. November 2010. Non-collision cycling injuries Rob Benington, NHS Bristol Injury Prevention Manager. Non-collision cycling incidents... A road safety issue. 10,821 admissions to a hospital bed in 2009/10 16,289 (all car occupants)

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Bike forum

Bike Forum

November 2010

Non-collision cycling injuries

Rob Benington, NHS Bristol

Injury Prevention Manager


Non collision cycling incidents a road safety issue

Non-collision cycling incidents... A road safety issue.

  • 10,821 admissions to a hospital bed in 2009/10

  • 16,289 (all car occupants)

  • 8,874 (all motorcycle riders and passengers)

  • 8,684 (all pedestrians, not including falls)

  • 3,329 (all cyclists involved in collisions)

    (Admissions to hospital beds in England;

    Source www.hesonline.nhs.uk)


What causes them

What causes them?

  • Very little data from STATS19, TRL or DoT

  • One useful study of cyclists in Oxford and Cambridge in 2005

  • Loads of anecdotes!!

  • www.betterbybike.info/non-collision-incidents


828 reported incidents

828 reported incidents

AGE

GENDER

  • 0-19 3.5%

  • 20-29 17.7%

  • 30-39 25.3%

  • 40-49 27.1%

  • 50-59 19.2%

  • 60-64 3.6%

  • 65+ 3.3%

Female 30%

Male 64%

Blank/other 6%

ETHNICITY

White British 85%

Blank 10%

Other 3.8%


Interim results injuries

Interim results - injuries

  • 52 KSI (6.2%)

  • 220 ED or MIU (26.5%)

  • 555 no injury requiring professional help (67.1%)

  • Police aware of 4%


Interim results causes

Interim results - causes


Circumstances

Circumstances

  • 51% of all NCIs occur on the commute to work

  • Ice causes 35% of all incidents on the commute to work

  • 75% of ice related incidents occur on the main highway


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“Unlike the police records, these data show that skidding and slipping accidents are by far the most common type of incident and so this seems to be the area where action might do the most to reduce the number of cyclists experiencing accidents. Even though these are not usually particularly dangerous incidents, reducing their frequency should help encourage people to begin and/or continue travelling by bicycle. Incidentally, we should note that efforts to reduce the incidence of skidding and slipping accidents for bicycles should also have the happy effect of reducing such accidentsfor other single-track vehicles like motorcycles”.

Oxfordshire County Council, 2005


Conclusions

Conclusions

In 18-60 age group, most NCIs occur during the commute to work. Slipping on ice, while cycling on the road or main highway, is the No.1 injury-danger.

Highlighting the ice hazard will:

  • Reassure cyclists (there is no ice most of the time)

  • Reduce serious injuries

    But its just a start. 74% of NCIs are not ‘slipping on ice’.


Research and reports posted at

Research and reports posted at

www.avon.nhs.uk/phnet/Avonsafe/home.htm

(Or Google - Avonsafe home)


Risk management strategy

Risk management strategy

1. Removal (no practical option)

2. Avoidance (Alternative means of transport, question need to travel)

3. Mitigation (Gritting)

4. Adaptation (Change the bike, protective clothing, timing of journey, ED services)

5. Acceptance =Informed consent

(Awareness)


2 avoidance

2. Avoidance


3 mitigation

3. Mitigation


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4. Adaptation

www.icebikes.org


5 acceptance informed consent

5. Acceptance – Informed consent

(Thanks to the Highways Agency who designed the poster)


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