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1 Cycling safety research at CARRS-Q Narelle Haworth Presentation to Directions in Road Safety Research Forum, Adelaide, 12 May 2011

2 Cycling Safety Research Group Narelle Haworth Mark King Andry Rakotonirainy Amy Schramm Gayle Sticher Simon Washington Elliot Fishman

3 Background Vulnerable Road Users one of the 6 research themes at CARRS-Q Traditionally largely motorcycling but cycling research growing Many similarities in safety issues Promotion of cycling for health reasons and large infrastructure investments

4 Current projects Delineating injury patterns among cyclist groups Interactions between TWs and vehicles Safety of footpath cycling Legislative impediments to walking and cycling Effects of bicycle hire schemes on non-cyclists Perceptions of risk and use of conspicuity aids

5 Recent cyclist safety research Bicycle helmet research Alcohol in bicycle crashes Pilot naturalistic cycling study An analysis of cyclist crashes to identify ITS- based interventions The role of traffic violations in police-reported bicycle crashes in Queensland Parental beliefs about supervising children when crossing roads and cycling The effect of road lane width on cyclist safety in urban areas

6 Pedestrian and cyclist safety research Improving the visibility and safety of pedestrians, roadworkers and cyclists Development and evaluation of an adolescent road safety school curriculum program, Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth (including pedestrian and cycling safety)

7 Issues in cycling safety research Overlap in responsibilities of Govt departments Focus on commuting versus recreation Disagreement between safety and public health perspectives Incompleteness and bias in crash data Poverty of exposure data Questionnaires attracting enthusiasts

8 Potential future projects Older cyclists Effects of rider characteristics on driver behaviour Potential for improving protective clothing Analysing the data we already have!

9 References Buckley, L., Sheehan, M. & Chapman, R. (2009). Bicycle helmet wearing among adolescents. Effectiveness of school-based injury prevention countermeasure. Transportation Research Record, 2140, Haworth, N. (2006). Integrating policy approaches for vulnerable road users. Paper presented at the 29th Australasian Transport Research Forum, September, Gold Coast. Haworth, N., Schramm, A., King, M. & Steinhardt, D. (2010). Bicycle helmet research. CARRS-Q Monograph 5. Queensland: CARRS-Q. Haworth, N. & Schramm, A. How do level of experience, purpose for riding and preference for facilities affect location of riding? A study of adult bicycle riders in Queensland, Australia. Paper presented at 90th Annual Meeting of the US Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., January, Haworth, N. & Schramm, A. Should we be concerned about alcohol in bicycle crashes? Presentation to T2010: The International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, Norway, August Henley, G. & Harrison, J.E. (2009). Serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia Injury research and statistics series no. 53. Cat. No. INJCAT 129. Canberra: AIHW. King, M. & Fraine, G. (1994). Bicycle helmet legislation and enforcement in Queensland : Effects on helmet wearing and crashes. Paper presented at Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Travel Workshop, Melbourne, Schramm, A., & Rakotonirainy, A. (2008) An analysis of cyclists crashes to identify ITS-based interventions. Presentation to ITS World Congress Schramm, A., & Rakotonirainy, A. (2009) The effect of road lane width on cyclist safety in urban areas. Report to Department of Main Roads. Schramm, A., Rakotonirainy, A. & Haworth, N. (2010). The role of traffic violations in police-reported bicycle crashes in Queensland. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 21(3), Soole, D.W., Lennon, A. & Haworth, N. (2011). Parental beliefs about supervising children when crossing roads and cycling. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 18, Wood, J.M., Lacherez, P.F., Marszalek, R.P., & King, M. (2009). Drivers’ and cyclists’ experiences of sharing the road: Incidents, attitudes and perceptions of visibility. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 41(4),

10 Questions? Mark your Diaries! International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference (ICADTS T2013) August 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


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