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Recent trends in cyclist fatalities in Australia
  1. Soufiane Boufous1,
  2. Jake Olivier2
  1. 1Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Soufiane Boufous, Transport and Road Safety Research, Level 1, main building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; soufiane{at}unsw.edu.au

Abstract

The study examines trends in bicycling fatalities reported to the Australian police between 1991 and 2013. Trends were estimated using Poisson regression modelling. Overall, cycling fatalities decreased by 1.9% annually between 1991 and 2013. However, while deaths following multivehicle crashes decreased at a rate of 2.9% per annum (95% CI −4.0% to −1.8%), deaths from single vehicle crashes increased by 5.8% per annum (95% CI 4.1% to 7.5%). Over the study period, the average age of cyclists who died in single vehicle crashes (45.3 years, 95% CI 41.5 to 49.1) was significantly higher than cyclists who died in multivehicle crashes (36.2 years, 95% CI 34.7 to 37.7). The average age of deceased cyclists increased significantly for both types of crashes. The observed increase in single vehicle crashes need to be closely monitored in Australia and internationally. In-depth studies are needed to investigate the circumstances of fatal single bicycle crashes in order to develop appropriate countermeasures.

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