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Old 01-08-08, 07:26 PM
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I FINALLY Found this on the A&S forum:

Originally Posted by closetbiker View Post
It's pretty sad but it has and will happen again. Children are over represented in cycling accidents

on this page

http://www.helmets.org/bcstudy.htm

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 psyc****tor 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.

and recommends,

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 psyc****tor 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

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Looks like we're as safe as 4 year olds!
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Age graphs are interested by skewed because fewer of older people continue to ride.
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Ah! That's a great point! Why didn't Tom Bombadil mention that????
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Yep- good for catching that HiYo! Graph 1 needs to be redone as #collisions as a proportion of some denominator, like miles ridden by individuals in each age group. As presented, it's pretty meaningless.
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