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Spike in Cycle Accidents During Sydney Lockdown

Covid lockdowns spurred a new wave of cycling enthusiasm in Sydney, and with it, a spike in bike-related injuries. New data shows a 78% increase in bike-related injuries in New South Wales as compared to 2020. There are more people cycling than usual, there are new types of people that are cycling…

Mobile Phones and Driving

Queensland drivers face $1000 fines and four demerit points if they’re caught on camera using their phones behind the wheel or not wearing a seatbelt. Roadside cameras will be permanently rolled out across the state’s roads later this month as part of the Queensland government’s $1.69bn road safety plan…

Aucklanders Are Driving More Than Ever

According to an article in the UK Guardian newspaper, efforts to get Aucklanders out of their cars have been failing. Aucklanders drove an average of 1.6bn kilometres a year more in 2017 than they did in 2013, and half of peak-time trips are under six kilometres. New Zealand has the 4th highest per capita...

Increase in Cycle Fatalities in Britain

The number of cyclists killed on British roads increased by 40% in 2020, official statistics show. In total, 140 cyclists were killed on the roads over the 12 months, up from 100 the year before, an increase the AA called “staggering”. Fatalities fell for all other road user types, ranging from a drop of 15% for people in cars...

Safe Systems in the USA

A new report from a consortium of experts reckons that applying ‘Safe System’ principles in the US could lead to dramatic reductions in vehicle related deaths and injuries. Studies of Safe System measures indicate that they lead to dramatic drops in traffic deaths - for example, a roughly 80 percent reduction...

Crash Trend in NZ During Covid 19

Crash data in NZ shows that from 2019 to 2020, the total number of reported crashes in NZ decreased by around 28%. This is a substantial decrease, and far greater than the equivalent preceding time period (2018/2019), which had a 4% decrease. Also, crash reductions for cyclists (20%) and pedestrians (23%) are...

Pedestrian Casualties Poorer Minority Groups

According to a new study based on 10 years of pedestrian casualty data in England/Wales, minority ethnic people living in poorer areas are three times more likely to be injured or die as pedestrians on the road than white people in affluent districts. White people in non-deprived areas had an average annual...

Trading Clunkers for Electric Bikes

France is offering the owners of old, exhaust-belching cars the opportunity to hand over their vehicles for scrap in return for a 2,500 euro (NZ$4,200) grant to buy an electric bicycle. Lawmakers in the National Assembly have just approved the measure in a preliminary vote. It was an amendment to a draft climate bill...

Transport Mode Safety Risk

Most analysis of road injuries examines the risk experienced by people using different modes of transport. More recent research has examined the impact that specific transport modes have on other road users. Recent research has shown that per-vehicle kilometre, buses and lorries pose much higher risk to others...