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OTHER CYCLING : Sundry Items Last Updated: 29 Apr 2018 - 6:05:19 PM

CYCLING COLLISIONS SURVEY
By Press Release
26 Apr 2018,

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Cycling has seen a large increase in popularity in recent years, both nationally in Ireland, and in the European Union (EU). Between 2011-2016 there was a 34% increase in the numbers of commuting cyclists in Ireland. As a proxy for leisure cyclists, Cycling Ireland’s membership has been seeing a large increase in recent years. This is a welcome development, cycling is great for societal health, the environment, and decreases the amount of traffic congestion, so Ireland and the EU are committed to encouraging this trend.

EU states are increasingly adopting city bike share schemes, such as the Dublin Bike Scheme, the Bike to Work Scheme, and cycling promotion campaigns in effort to increase the modal share of cycling. The EU aims to both increase cycling popularity in terms of total the number of cyclist trips and decrease the relative number of cyclist fatalities by 50% by the year 2030 (European Union Cycling Strategy 2017).

Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable class of all road users, they are highly exposed to the environment, and when involved in a Road Traffic Collision (RTC), there is a high likelihood that they will sustain injuries. The EU are working with road safety bodies within each member state to ensure that cyclist safety is seeing a concurrent increase along with increasing modal share. Consequently, the Irish Government and the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) have made this a part of their corporate strategy (Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020).

The RSA is funding and supporting this project with Trinity College Dublin which aims to address the engineering risk factors associated with both cyclist collisions in Ireland, with an explicit emphasis on prevention/reduction of injuries.

Currently, there are well-established phenomenon of under reporting and misclassification of serious and minor injury severity cyclist collision cases in national data. Minor injury cases have been shown to be greatly under-reported (http://imj.ie/2715-2/).

Cyclist collisions are the least likely of all RTC’s to be reported to the Gardaí and so they go largely unrecorded in national data. The aim of this study is to enhance understanding of the factors which contribute to the occurrence and severity of cycling collisions throughout Ireland, with the goal of determining injury prevention strategies.

Accordingly, an online survey is being distributed to cyclists across the country, with the aim of filling gaps in knowledge about cycling collisions and get a clearer image of their distribution and the details surrounding them. We will also gather road safety concerns from cyclists who haven’t been in collisions, but who regularly cycle.

Exclusion from participation: Respondents will be excluded from participation in the survey if:

- They do not cycle regularly on public roads

- They are under 18 years old

Compensation: As an incentive for increased participation in the survey we will enter respondents into a raffle for several €100 one-for-all vouchers.

Ethics: This survey has ethical approval from the Trinity College Dublin Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee.


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