This map shows the distribution of accidents involving bikes resulting in injuries or fatalities in Victoria between 2011 and 2015.
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. According to information from VicRoads, in the ten years leading up to 2012 there were around eight cycling fatalities and 413 serious cycling-related injuries in Australia per year.
There are some common elements when it comes to bike accidents. Bicycle crashes most commonly occur at intersections (61%). Statistically, men are also more likely to be victims of cycling accidents than women are (76%). Accidents are, unsurprisingly, much more common in urban areas.
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.
- 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.
Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: September 18, 2017.