Some interesting stats here
The rate of cases involving pedal cyclists shows an average annual rate of increase of 6.8%. For both males and females in age groups 25–44 years, 45–64 years as well as for males aged 65 years and over, there were significant increases in age-specific rates over the 9-year period. The largest average annual increase in rates for males and females was recorded for those aged 45–64 years with increases of 14.0% for males and 14.4% for females.
Dahondude - good attempt - to correct the number of crashes, for amount of cycling.
the figure one really needs for crash rates, is crashes per million km ridden, or per million hours in the saddle .
This stat is available for most European countries, they routinely report it, so know about trends
In Aus the stat is available for all forms of transport except cycling. The Bureau of Statistics in its wisdom decides that cycling does not need data collecting about it..... though things like motor cylcing, apparently does. .....
Thus hard to know for sure, whether the increase in crashes, is/is not due,, to an increase in cycling.
Mike, I wrote to the ABS about the usual census question on how did you get to work this morning. I pointed out that it was pertinent to include all people, whether off to studies or volunteering, as to how they travelled that morning in peak hour traffic. I believe that the wording eliminates collection of some cycling data. Told that it was not possible to change or add questions in the future; that the census had to stay the same. Since then the census has been changed, or questions added for only one census.
How does one get the ABS to be more progressive when considering increasing popularity of bicycle transport, peak oil, climate change, health and public health costs, plus road congestion costing businesses?
i dont think you can compare registered vehicles to the number of cyclists. you could compare registered vehicles to bicycles sold, but that wont reflect usage.
I'm unsure if this has been mentioned elsewhere but there was a fatality at Nairn on the weekend, a 63 year old cyclist . The circumstances are very sad, my sympathies to his family and friends.
In case you haven't seen this elsewhere in AC, here's the link to my post on the new Bike Blackspot App: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/bike-black-spot-app?co...
Mark Parnell MLC
Heather's right. The report is "trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents". . ie an injury so bad, the doctors want to keep you in. So very much, the serious end of the spectrum. And also - thankfully - fairly rare.
serious crashes, are rare - rates, maybe 5-8 per 100,000 people per year, about half off-road. Maybe State-wide, in a year, 40-50 cyclists get "seriously injured" in road crashes; and 40-50 in off road crashes.
That still sounds too many, but let's put things in perspective. SA has 1.6 million people, many cycle. take 100 cyclists, over a lifetime - most have a few crashes or falls (you'd be lucky to get off totally free). But for 99 cyclists, none of the crashes will be in the ' serious' category - ie require a night in hospital.
These are guesstimates, it's a few years since I did the numbers, don't quote me.
For most of us, what would be more interesting, is what is happening overall with crashes. Ie crashes needing no treatment, or at most out patient treatment - which happen to most of us, once or twice a decade.The stats would be available from SAPOL reports - need someone to go and dig the data out, see what the trends are there. If the same increase - interesting.
Mike, this document might answer your question.
Official SA data shows that total road casualties have decreased (Table 4 on page 8), and pedestrian casualties have decreased (Table 4 on page 19). However, cycling casualties are increasing (Table 4 on page 18). Refer Road Crashes 2010 for South Australia, Government of South Australia, DTEI, http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/70582/pinkbook2010.pdf
The Rise (and Fall) of the MAMILS.
Males in the age group 45-64 started of in 2000 as the least likely to be involved in a traffic accident (having the lowest rate of hospitalisations) to being the most likeliest by 2007.
This category of bike rider fits well with the stereotype that we now know as MAMIL (middle aged males in lycra) that had emerged to prominence over the period of the study. This is possibly reflected in the skyrocketing sales of bikes.
This increasing trend was not repeated in the off-road rate of hospitalisation.
the graph from the report:
I understand there is a similar trend for male motorcycle riders in the same age group.
Also that "cycling is the new golf" could be where the numbers are coming from.
Both of these indicate a cultural shift in an age group where middle age men (no offence to anyone in this group) could be considered to be fairly settled in their career and have an amount of disposable income which allows for these types of "sporting" or "hobby" choices.
Or they have noticed increasing weight or blood pressure, decided to exercise, and taken up commuting to work on an average bike.
Yesterday Indaily included a link to the AIHW report, which prompted this response.
Letter published in Indaily of 19-Jun-2012 on page 9.
People drive like idiots
I wonder why the road crash injury rate is rising (Indaily, June 18)! I often drive on the Southern Expressway with the driver behind so close I cannot see their car in my wing mirrors. Looking in the rear view mirror all I see is their windscreen, not their lights or number plate. This is at 100kmph and even when it rains! Then there is the way cars lane hop, even into spaces no bigger than a car length, which then causes traffic to bunch up or brake suddenly. Even driving past huge signs saying “no tail-gating”, I was being tail gated. It’s about time this erratic and dangerous driving was dealt with once and for all. No amount or road improvement and safer vehicles will improve the fact that a lot of people drive like idiots. What we need is education and enforcement.