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I think it was on this forum. It was a graph of deaths or accidents or something which showed that the largest part of the bell curve was with riders in their teens and twenties.
We're having a safety discussion on the 50+ list and I want to show them how safe we are because we're older!
Anyone know which thread this is in?
01-08-08, 07:15 PM
Ask in the A & S forum...
You know there are a few people in the 50+ that are unsafe at any speed :D ?
Thanks, East Hill. There it was. What was I doing there?
Here it is, in case I've peaked any one's curiousity:
It's pretty sad but it has and will happen again. Children are over represented in cycling accidents
on this page
it shows that over a 10 year period close to half the fatalities were to children and/or involved drunks (on the bike or in a car)
It also says,
It is one thing for a child to ride a bicycle in a cul de sac. It is another to ride it in thoroughfares busy with myriad types of motor vehicles, varying road conditions (including those under repair) and where there are a variety of signs and signals that are confusing to most of us. When do children's psychomotor skills develop to the extent that they can ride safely in busy traffic? Some researchers indicate that a child's poor comprehension of safety rules may limit the effectiveness of safety education programs because young children do not perceive the traffic environment as do adults. Findings of a study into these matters could have a profound impact on bicycle safety education as well as providing guidelines as to the time when children may 'graduate' to riding on shared roadways.
to conduct a study to determine at what age children become sufficiently mature to understand and follow the rules of the road and, at the same time have the requisite psychomotor skills to do so.
In a different study of all collisions between MV's and cyclists it shows the number of collisions by age
and in this graph it shows some riding behavior by age that may lead to collisions
Yup...I didn't have much respect for traffic (check my sig) until I got knocked off right in the middle of 11-15.
01-08-08, 07:35 PM
We are in trouble (the 50+ crowd)! I note that we are just as likely to have a collision with a motor vehicle whether we are on the wrong side of the road or not.
01-08-08, 07:44 PM
You know, I didn't go look, but I had a feeling it was posted by closetbiker...
Just watch out for that Tom Bombadil and his helmet :) .
01-08-08, 07:49 PM
one thing to keep in mind with this data, is the number of riders in each category. How many people were sampled. The data can only be accurate if it represents the same amount of riders for each group. Otherwise it's flawed. ex: 100 riders in their teens and 10 riders in their 50's. The teens are likely to have more accidents as there are more of them.
01-08-08, 08:00 PM
Does it really matter how old your were if you are now dead from an auto accident?
I ride around the block, 25 mph Speed Limit, 1/2 mile total.
Yesterday, 1;00 PM, 2 houses down from mine, a Ford SUV moved over into my lane
(Head On) as he was going around a parked auto. He gave me about 3 feet of Clearance from my curb.
I look at The Driver as He passed.
He was on The Cell Phone, Never even saw me.
65 Still Alive.
Smile when you ride , I do.
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