Monday, January 4, 2010

Bicycle accidents

According to The Age, recent research by the Monash University's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unithas shown that in Victoria the number of cyclists hospitalised or treated for injuries at emergency departments almost doubled between 1999 and 2007 from 1,236 to 2,294. Better news is that the number of deaths from cycling related crashes has leveled out though and is not seeing a similar increase.

According to the Census Journey to Work data the number of people commuting to work by bicycle increased just over 33% between the 2001 and 2006 Census. This however does not take into account the massive growth in the popularity of cycling as a recreational activity. According to Tony Fox, Chief Executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation, the rate of increase in injuries is lower than the rate of increase in cycling activity levels. Unfortunately I was unable to find any statistics to validate this claim.

Has anyone done any similar analysis for Queensland?

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