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The perception of bicycle crashes with and without motor vehicles: Which crash types do older and middle-aged cyclists fear most?

SWOV researcher Schepers coauthored the article 'The perception of bicycle crashes with and without motor vehicles: Which crash types do older and middle-aged cyclists fear most?' in the magazine Transportation Research.

Several studies have focused on the perceived risk of bicycle crashes (irrespective of crash types) and concluded that cycling near high volumes of motor vehicles deters people from cycling. The perceived risk of bicycle crash types (with or without motor vehicles) has not yet been studied. Cyclists, both in countries with low and high levels of cycling participation, are substantially more likely to sustain severe injuries in single-bicycle crashes than in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes.

This questionnaire study sets out to compare which bicycle crash types are perceived to cause most hospitalizations among cyclists. The study comprised cyclists over 55 years in the Netherlands, and over 40 years in the Belgian regions of Flanders (a region with high cycling participation), Brussels and Wallonia (regions with low cycling participation).

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Transport mode, Bicycle