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by Shane Stokes
September 13, 2017
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In recent years it’s felt like riding on the road has become increasingly unsafe, with crashes, injuries and rider deaths seemingly happening more than ever before. New research from Monash University seems to suggest it’s not just anecdotal either — more serious cycling crashes are indeed happening in Victoria, with more riders suffering serious injuries, or worse.
The paper is entitled “Road safety: serious injuries remain a major unsolved problem” and is published this month in the Medical Journal of Australia. The research considers injuries in all road users, but the findings are particularly troubling for cyclists. The incidence of serious cycling crashes increased year on year from 2007 to 2015, with the total number more than doubling by the end of that period.
Dr Ben Beck is the Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research at Monash University, a keen road, MTB and commuter cyclist, and the lead author of the new study. He spoke with CyclingTips to discuss his team’s findings and what it all means for Victorian cyclists.
CyclingTips: Where did the idea of this study come from?
Dr Ben Beck: We’ve had a fairly large focus on fatal road traffic crashes over a long period of time. And we know that we’ve seen some benefits in terms of a number of road safety measures that have had significant reductions on deaths on our roads, but we haven’t had a great focus on serious injury. And we know that these serious injury cases can quite often lead to significant disability and can impact not only the individual but also their loved ones and society.
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