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ERIC Number: ED073228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 109
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Characteristics of Youthful Bicycle Riders in an Urban Community and Events Accruing to Operation of Their Vehicles.
Pascarella, E. A.; And Others
A 6-month study of elementary and junior high school bicycle riders and events accruing to everyday use of their vehicles was conducted in Raleigh, North Carolina. Of the 2,369 mail questionnaires that recorded demographic and bicycle description data and information which permitted calculation of bicycle ownership rates by sex, 495 useable responses were obtained. Accident data were accumulated from hospital emergency rooms, police records, and a monthly report form that received 397 useable responses. Mileage data was calculated through use of cyclometers on the subjects' bicycles. Younger riders tend to sustain the more serious accidents, while the older rider is more often involved in a police-reported situation. Riders with less than two years experience tend to sustain more accidents. Only the time of the day (three to six P.M.) and the month of the year (May and June) were positively associated with bicycle accidents. Accident rate differences according to the type of bicycle, its age, condition, or passenger carrying status are statistically insignificant. The findings of this study substantiate other studies that cite rider disaccommodation to the bicycle as a factor in development of the accident situation. Bicycle riding instructions might be organized according to the experience and sex of the rider. (Author/AG)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Highway Safety Research Center.