eLetters

167 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • Critique of: "Risk of Injury for Bicycling on Cycle Tracks Versus in the Street"
    Wayne E Pein

    The investigators did not meaningfully compare Relative Bicycling Risk and Relative Traffic Danger for individual pairs. Such a comparison of their data demonstrates that the Apparent Cycle Track Effect was increased Danger to bicyclists at two cycle tracks, Neutrality at two cycle tracks, and increased Safety at two cycle tracks. This contrasts with the investigators' claim that the six cycle tracks had a combined 28% l...

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  • Monash Uni Report "junk science"
    Peter W Whelan
    Dear Editor

    The article by Ozanne-Smith et al surely indicates the low standard of Scientific Study being carried out by Monash University Accident Research Centre.[1] In claiming that the drop in firearm related deaths, from 1979-2000, was because of "strong regulatory refom", is to ignore all the other important factors which may have occurred during that period. To claim that Gun Laws were the single reason for...

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  • Underscoring the Benefits of Cycle Tracks
    Anne C. Lusk

    We agree with Reinhardt-Rutland's concerns1 about Northern Ireland's poorly designed and policed bicycle facilities but we doubt that the U.S. traditional model of simply treating bicycles as vehicles is better. What works is physically separating bicyclists from fast or heavy motor traffic. Reinhardt-Rutland further suggested that higher fuel costs could effect change where risk assessments have failed. While waiting fo...

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  • Authors'Reply
    Joan Ozanne-Smith

    Dear Editor

    I am writing in response to a letter from P Whelan of the organization Coalition of Law Abiding Sporting Shooters Inc.[1]

    The authors of this recently published article would like to rebut attacks on the scientific facts and study design related to our research. The authors were careful to state that the dramatic reductions in firearm related fatalities in Victoria and Australia occurred in the cont...

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  • Updating the international research agenda for sports injury prevention research
    Alex Donaldson

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest Caroline Finch's Online First editorial describing her recent experience of attending and giving a key note address at the third World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. As someone who also frequently straddles the fields of sports medicine, injury prevention and, more broadly, health promotion, I would like to whole heartedly support Professor Finch's call...

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  • Regulatory reform: no real effect on public health and safety
    Jeanine Baker

    Dear Editor

    We note with interest and concern the exchange between the Monash Research Group and Mr Whelan,[1] regarding serious flaws in the Monash study.[2]

    Upon close scrutiny, the claim that Victoria’s 1988 firearm legislation led to significant declines relative to the rest of Australia is unsupported by the actual data. Rather, we see that firearms suicides and assaults/homicides have been decl...

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  • SNAPPING SPEED: THE TOLERATION OF DANGER ON THE ROADS
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Mendivil et al's (1) excellent paper demonstrates the cost-benefits to be derived from investment in speed cameras. It invokes that remarkable Achilles-heel accompanying mass motoring: the toleration of levels of preventable danger that are unacceptable in other transport modes (2).

    Attitudes to speed-cameras may reflect the misplaced suspicion that motorists have long directed to the accuracy of their speedomete...

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  • Meeting sports safety research challenges
    David L Nordstrom

    Dear Editor

    I am grateful to Caroline Finch for responding[1] to my letter suggesting research on soccer headgear.[2] Because there has been little research on risk factors for sports injury,[3] Finch is correct that headgear use in soccer is only one opportunity for sport safety research. However, certain factors make soccer headgear an especially attractive topic. The population at risk of soccer inj...

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  • Re:Underscoring the Benefits of Cycle Tracks
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    I make brief extra comments in response to Lusk et al.

    It is difficult comparing the poor cycle-specific facilities that I find in Northern Ireland with the lack of cycle-specific facilities typical in the US: neither scenario helps cyclists and any statements about which is to be preferred may never be more than impressionistic.

    However, I would concede that even imperfect cycle-specific facilities pr...

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  • INEQUALITIES IN SIZE AND POWER ACROSS ROAD-USERS
    Tony H. Reinhardt-Rutland

    Ackery et al (1) show that risk to cyclists in collisions with motor- vehicles increases with the size of the motor-vehicle. This evidence may generalize to other types of collisions: consistent with Ackery et al are studies concerning different sizes of automobile with pedestrians (2,4) and collisions concerning different sizes of automobiles in general (3). One can infer that a smaller entity - both in terms of linear d...

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