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Map of cycling accidents and crashes in Victoria

Cycling is a fun, environmentally friendly and generally safe way to travel. Yet, like users of all road vehicles, bicycle riders can be involved in accidents.

There are some common elements when it comes to bike accidents:

 

The map below shows the distribution of accidents involving bikes resulting in injuries or fatalities in Victoria between 2013 and 2017.


Data from Data.Vic.gov.au under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

Bicycle users are encouraged to take the following precautions to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always wear a helmet – note: it is a legal requirement to do so in Victoria;
  • Scan behind you and signal your intentions before turning or changing lanes;
  • Look out for motorists getting in and out of parked cars; and
  • Don’t ride on the inside of large vehicles like buses or trucks.

 

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country and is a common pastime in Melbourne. The city has over 135 km of both on-road and off-road routes and is committed to being a “cycling city”. The safety of cyclists is of course vitally important.

Click here to view a map of all motor vehicle and road traffic accidents in Victoria.

Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: April 5, 2018.

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  • James wrote:

    This map is incomplete. For example, I know a cyclist died near Milawa on the Snow Road in 2015. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cylist-dies-after-being-struck-by-car-in-milawa-20151107-gktdmb.html

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi James, thanks for the feedback. The accident data came from the Victorian Government data directory (https://www.data.vic.gov.au/) which is based on Police reports, so I’m not sure why that accident wouldn’t be reported – maybe due to the circumstances of that particular accident? ~Steph

    • Bogong wrote:

      Agreed.

      As an SES volunteer, I have assisted in many carry-outs of cyclists on MTB tracks around Bright. However, as police have not attended many of these, the incidents would not be recorded by them and thus be missing from the data.

  • Peter wrote:

    Stop telling people to wear a helmet. It discourages cycling. This is well attested to.
    What less well known is the higher concussion rate for helmet wearers. Studies from Australia and Canada show that, all other things being equal, there are more cases of head contact with the ground for helmet wearers than those without.
    Helmet law is a bad policy and should not be supported.

  • Pat wrote:

    I was hit by car drivers three time in as many years after moving to Melbourne 12 years ago. None of the collisions were my fault and my helmet didn’t prevent any injuries but I’ve made a few adjustments that seem to be working: i don’t ride in the gutter, i take the lane when it isn’t safe for a car to overtake me and i stay well clear of the doors of parked cars. I’ve recently started riding more often without a helmet and feel like drivers are giving me more space when they overtake.

  • Bill wrote:

    There appear to be fatalities missing from Somerville Rd and Whitehall st intersection and msybe Footscray Rd and Citylink (that last one could be before the data but I thought it was reasonably recent)

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi Bill, the map is populated from Victorian Government data directory data which comes from Police reports. Perhaps when we accessed the data not all of the Police reports had been added to their publicly available records.
      We are aiming to update the map regularly from this data which means the maps will become more accurate over time as more data becomes publicly available. ~Steph

  • David Milella wrote:

    Why is my bicycle crash on the roundabout where Fitsimonds and main rd not noted on these statistics.? I was hospitalised and this was reported to the police.

    • Shine Lawyers wrote:

      Hi David, as you might’ve seen in our other comments, the map is populated from Victorian Government data directory data which comes from Police reports. Perhaps when we accessed the data not all of the Police reports had been added to their publicly available records. We are aiming to update the map regularly from this data which means the maps will become more accurate over time as more data becomes publicly available. ~Steph

  • David Chadderton wrote:

    Thank you, good information. I cycle a lot of those roads. Good to see that Geelong Road is clear of reported crashes as it has very good bike paths off-road and on-road bike lanes, that I use. Noticeable that intersections and roundabouts feature so often. No crashes around schools, as students mainly do not cycle.

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