Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Accidents in Kentucky

by K. R. Agent, Research Engr.; Kentucky Dept. of Transportation, Lexington, Ky.,
Robert C. Deen, Asst. Dir. of Research; Kentucky Dept. of Transportation, Lexington, Ky.,
C. V. Zegeer, Transportation Engr.; Goodell-Grivas, Inc., Southfield, Mich.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 3, Pg. 283-298

Document Type: Journal Paper


The purpose of this study is to determine the characteristics associated with bicycle-related, motor-vehicle accidents in Kentucky. It was found that cyclists 10 yr to 14 yr of age were involved in the largest number of motor-vehicle related accidents. Males were involved in four times as many accidents as females. Most accidents occurred in urban areas, mostly on residential streets. The majority of accidents resulted from errors by the cyclists. The most common type was the right-angle accident, but the leading types varied with cyclist's age. Several factors were related to age and accident severity. The accidents were summarized by type and maneuver. The highest proportion was found between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bicycle-related motor-vehicle accidents represented under 10% of all injury-producing bicycle accidents.

Subject Headings: Accidents | Bicycles | Traffic accidents | Women | Residential location | Streets | Age factors | Kentucky | United States

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