Article thumbnail

Risk of injury for bicycling on cycle tracks versus in the street

By Anne C Lusk, Peter G Furth, Patrick Morency, Luis F Miranda-Moreno, Walter C Willett and Jack T Dennerlein

Abstract

Most individuals prefer bicycling separated from motor traffic. However, cycle tracks (physically separated bicycle-exclusive paths along roads, as found in The Netherlands) are discouraged in the USA by engineering guidance that suggests that facilities such as cycle tracks are more dangerous than the street. The objective of this study conducted in Montreal (with a longstanding network of cycle tracks) was to compare bicyclist injury rates on cycle tracks versus in the street. For six cycle tracks and comparable reference streets, vehicle/bicycle crashes and health record injury counts were obtained and use counts conducted. The relative risk (RR) of injury on cycle tracks, compared with reference streets, was determined. Overall, 2.5 times as many cyclists rode on cycle tracks compared with reference streets and there were 8.5 injuries and 10.5 crashes per million bicycle-kilometres. The RR of injury on cycle tracks was 0.72 (95% CI 0.60 to 0.85) compared with bicycling in reference streets. These data suggest that the injury risk of bicycling on cycle tracks is less than bicycling in streets. The construction of cycle tracks should not be discouraged

Topics: Brief Report
Publisher: BMJ Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3064866
Provided by: PubMed Central

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. (2000). All-cause mortality associated with physical activity during leisure time, work, sports, and cycling to work. Arch Intern Med
  2. (1999). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Guide for the development of bicycle facilities.
  3. (2010). American community survey 3-year estimates B08006 sex of workers by means of transportation to work e universe e workers 16 years and over.
  4. (2003). Bicycle injury prevention and safety in senior riders.
  5. (2010). Bicycle riding, walking, and weight gain in premenopausal women. Arch Intern Med
  6. (2008). Bicycle tracks and lanes: a before-and-after study.
  7. (2009). Bicycle-related injuries among children and adolescents in the United States. Clin Pediatr (Phila)
  8. (2007). Cyclists injured while sharing the road with motor vehicles. Inj Prev
  9. (2006). Design manual for bicycle traffic. Netherlands: National Information and Technology Platform for Infrastructure, Traffic, Transport, and Public Space,
  10. (1984). Effective cycling. Cambridge:
  11. (2006). From targeted “black spots” to area-wide pedestrian safety. Inj Prev
  12. (2008). Making cycling irresistible: lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. Transport Reviews
  13. (2003). Missing cyclists. Inj Prev
  14. (2002). Occupational injuries among Boston bicycle messengers.
  15. (1998). OttawaeCarleton commuter cyclist on- and off-road incident rates. Accid Anal Prev
  16. (2008). Promoting transportation cycling for women: the role of bicycle infrastructure. Prev Med
  17. (1994). Risk factors for bicycle-motor vehicle collisions at intersections.
  18. (2010). Route preferences among adults in the near market for bicycling: findings of the cycling in cities study.
  19. (2003). Technical handbook of bikeway design.
  20. (2001). The bikeway controversy. Transportation Quarterly.
  21. (1999). Toronto bicycle commuter safety rates. Accid Anal Prev
  22. (2009). Veel meer fietspad dan bekend in ons land.