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Cycling, Health and Safety

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Many jurisdictions around the world are trying to retain or increase the share of cycling in urban traffic in order to benefit from the many health and transport efficiency benefits. Safety is a key concern and should be accounted for in these policies.

This report of the International Transport Forum's Cycling Safety Working Group monitors international trends in cycling, safety and policy, and explores options that may help decision makers design safe environments for cycling. Key messages relate to strategic goal-setting for cycling policy and managing crash risks while increasing health benefits. The report also discusses how to better capture crash and bicycle usage statistics. The safety impacts of a wide range of pro-cycling measures are examined in detail.

 

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Analysis of international trends in bicycle use and cyclist safety

International Transport Forum

This Chapter reviews trends relating to cycling safety as reported and vetted by ITF members via a questionnaire. This information is complemented by different national and regional sources of information. Trends relating to fatalities, injuries and crash rates are presented alongside international data on levels of cycling. Where possible, exposure-adjusted safety figures are given and some of the underlying factors contributing to observed trends are discussed.

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