How much does disregard of road rules contribute to bicycle-vehicle collisions?

Schramm, Amy J., Rakotonirainy, Andry, & Haworth, Narelle L. (2008) How much does disregard of road rules contribute to bicycle-vehicle collisions? In High risk road users - motivating behaviour change: what works and what doesn't work? National Conference of the Australasian College of Road Safety and the Travelsafe Committee of the Queensland Parliament, 18-19 September 2008, Brisbane.

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Recent media articles on cyclist safety have supported the contention that many car drivers regard cyclists as risk-takers who violate traffic signals and show a disregard for road rules. There is little empirical evidence, however, regarding the nature and frequency of risk –taking behaviours by cyclists, and the extent to which this contributes to cyclist crashes. We do know that the social cost of bicycle crashes in Queensland in 2006 is estimated at $35.4 million, with the Brisbane area contributing over half the cost alone. This paper presents a preliminary investigation of the factors that lead to Police-reported bicycle-vehicle collisions, focussing on the extent to which disregard for road rules contributes to these collisions. Preliminary results indicate that cyclists were the at-fault vehicle in 35% of reported crashes. When considering the age of the cyclist, younger cyclists were more likely than older cyclists to be at-fault, with those aged 5-11 responsible in 82% of crashes while those aged 30-39 were at-fault in 19% of crashes. In 77% of crashes involving right-of-way conflicts, vehicles were considered at-fault. The implications of the results for the development of age-appropriate road safety interventions will be discussed.

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ID Code: 15391
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: cyclist, traffic violations, crash
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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