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A better understanding of single cycle accidents of elderly cyclists

  • Cycling supports the independence and health of the aging population. However, elderly cyclists have an increased injury risk. The majority of injured cyclists is victim of a single-sided accident, an accident in which there is no other party involved. The aim of the project "Safe and Aware on the bicycle" is to develop guidelines for an advisory system that is useful in preventing single-sided accidents. This system is able to support the elderly cyclist; enabling the cyclist to timely adapt his cycling behaviour and improve cycling safety and comfort. For the development of such advisory system the causes of singles accidents and the wishes of the elderly cyclist must be known. First step to obtain this insight was a literature survey and an GIDAS research. Unfortunately accidentology research with GIDAS did not give the full understanding of the pre-crash situations and (especially the behaviour related) factors leading to the accident. The second step was consultation of elderly cyclist through a questionnaire (n=800), in-depth interviews (n=12) and focus group sessions (n=15). This offered complementary information and a much better understanding of the behavioural aspects. Results concern the behaviour in traffic and identify specific physical (i.e. problems looking backwards over the shoulder) and mental issues. Furthermore, the needs and wishes for support in specific cycling situations were identified. In conclusion; The GIDAS results together with the information obtained contacting the elderly cyclists enabled setting up requirements for an advisory system, which is useful in preventing single-sided accidents.

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Author:Stefanie de Hair, Carola Engbers, Rosemary Dubbeldam, Theo Zeegers, Henrik Liers
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2015/08/12
Year of first publication:2015
Contributing corporation:Nederlandse Centrale Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Release Date:2015/08/12
Tag:Alte Leute; Deutschland; Eins; Fahrrad; Interview; Konferenz; Niederlande; Radfahrer; Schweregrad (Unfall; Unfall; Unfallrekonstruktion; Verletzung)
Accident; Accident reconstruction; Bicycle; Conference; Cyclist; Germany; Interview; Netherlands; Old people; One; Severity (acid; injury)
Außerdem beteiligt: Roessingh Research & Development (Enschede); Fietsersbond; Verkehrsunfallforschung an der TU Dresden GmbH
Source:6th International Conference on ESAR 2014
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 80 Unfallforschung
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 83 Unfall und Mensch
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 6th International Conference on ESAR
Licence (German):License LogoBASt / Link zum Urhebergesetz

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