New edition of Hazard provides in-depth details of on-road cyclist injuries in Victoria
MUARC’s Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) has released the 87th edition of its hallmark bi-annual publication, Hazard. The latest edition focuses on adult on-road cyclist injuries in Victoria, providing an in-depth description of injuries for the most recent three years of available data and an overview of 10-year trends.
Key findings include:
- In the 11-year period from 2007 to 2017, 82 Victorian cyclists aged 15 years and over died in on-road cycling-related crashes. The majority of these fatalities were males, accounting for 90% of deaths.
- The average age at death for males was 53 years while the average age at death for females was 42 years.
- From 2015/16 to 2017/18, male cyclists aged 45+ years accounted for 33% of ambulance attendances, 27% of ED presentations and 35% of hospital admissions for on-road adult cycling injury.
- In the three-year period 2015/16 to 2017/18, there was an estimated $41.3m AUD in hospital admission costs for adult on-road cyclist injury.
- Males aged 35-64 years accounted for 45% of admission costs ($18.6 million).
- The highest number of ambulance attendances were in the City of Melbourne, Bayside City Council, Darebin City Council and the City of Greater Geelong.