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1 Bicycle safety Aleksander Buczyński Zielone Mazowsze September 2011

2 Why analyse cycling accidents? Difference between perceived and real danger Safety campaigns Understanding the statistics

3 1 Basic facts Scale of problem Traditional safety campaigns 2 Cycling accidents in Poland Types Causes Conditions Locations Broader context 3 Conclusions

4 1 Basic facts Scale of problem Traditional safety campaigns 2 Cycling accidents in Poland Types Causes Conditions Locations Broader context 3 Conclusions

5 Scale of problem Number of cycling casualties per one milion inhabitants (2005): 1. Poland 15,8 2. Hungary 15,1 3. Denmark 7, EU-14 4,0

6 Scale of problem Number of cycling casualties per one milion inhabitants (2005): 1. Poland 15,8 2. Hungary 15,1 3. Denmark 7, EU-14 4,0 Poland, share of cycling: in traffic volumes: 1 2% in traffic deaths: 10%

7 Stereotype of problem

8 Stereotype of problem (2) Most common picture illustrating news stories on bicycle safety

9 Stereotype of solution

10 Stereotype of solution =

11 Cycling accidents, Poland

12 Is lighting a significant problem? Cycling accidents in Poland, : 12% at night 6% at night on unlit roads 1% caused by: failure to use lights or technical defects of lights

13 Is drunk cycling a significant problem? Alcohol in cycling accidents in Poland, : 8% accidents 6% fatalities

14 1 Basic facts Scale of problem Traditional safety campaigns 2 Cycling accidents in Poland Types Causes Conditions Locations Broader context 3 Conclusions

15 Types of accidents with cyclists, Poland

16 Vehicles of other collision participants Vehicle type % accidents % fatalities Personal car 79,7% 72,0% Lorry 8,0% 22,0% No vehicle (pedestrian) 3,5% 0,7% Bus 1,3% 2,4% Another bicycle 1,3% 0,1%...

17 Causes of accidents Cause of accident cyclist driver total failure to yield right of way poor overtake poor turn excessive speed poor pass % 49% 52%

18 Conditions Weather conditions: fine conditions 77,4% cloudy 12,9% raining 5,9% blinding sun 2,1% snowing 0,7% strong wind 0,6% fog 0,5% Road conditions: dry 82,2% wet 15,6% ice / snow 1,5%

19 Are traffic lights safe? Number of cycling accidents, Warsaw : on crossings with working traffic lights % caused by running red light 36 7%

20 Are traffic lights safe?

21 100% safe path

22 Number of accidents is not safety! What does decreased number of cycling accidents in given place / period mean? Higher level of safety?

23 Number of accidents is not safety! What does decreased number of cycling accidents in given place / period mean? Higher level of safety? Rainy summer? Cyclists choose different route? Cyclists are motorcyclists now? You need to compare number of accidents to traffic volume!

24 Killed on Polish roads: cyclists

25 Killed on Polish roads: all two-wheelers

26 What is NOT or poorly registered? Social safety Single vehicle accidents Light accidents

27 1 Basic facts Scale of problem Traditional safety campaigns 2 Cycling accidents in Poland Types Causes Conditions Locations Broader context 3 Conclusions

28 Summary Cycling accidents in Poland: daylight, good weather, fine condition, dry road sober participants mostly side collisions with personal cars often on cycling paths and signalled crossings

29 Further information Zdarzenia drogowe z udziałem rowerzystów (GDDKIA 2009) pdf Collisions involving pedal cyclists on Britain s roads: establishing the causes (TRL 2009). reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_collisions_involving_ pedal_cyclists_on_britain_s_roads_establishing_the_causes_.htm

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