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Over-80s are 80 times as likely to die in a bike accident

Friday 08 February 2013

The risk of being killed in a bike accident is 80 times higher for the over-80s than for young people, according to research for the traffic safety institute SWOV.

Earlier research by the cycling union Fietsersbond showed a seven-fold increase for the over-75s, but for the first time the risk for very elderly cyclists has been assessed, Trouw reported on Friday.

The over-80s only account for 3.5% of all cyclists, but accounted for 30% of the 200 cycling deaths recorded in 2011, the SWOV research shows.

The SWOV was asked to investigate road deaths last year, after figures for 2011 showed a rise in car and bike-related accidents. The main reason for the increase - which is largely confined to cyclists - is the fact that more people are actually out on their bikes, the organisation said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Well, it wouldn't take a genius to work that one out, would it?

By woods | 8 February 2013 4:55 PM

200 deaths in 2011 seems a lot. A big issue is the inconsistency of rights of way etc. Even after 6 years of driving in the Netherlands it can still be confusing and its not always consistent or logical. Or sensible - like turning right at traffic lights across a cycle lane which is green at the same time as the traffic light - so you have to look back over your right shoulder and hope you can see the bikes. On reflection, maybe its amazing there are only 200 deaths per year...

By TB | 8 February 2013 5:20 PM

Astounding! SWOV has done some worthwhile research, bravo!

Actually one of the most contributing factors of fatal accidents of the elderly is losing balance & a too slow reaction to protect themselves causing mostly a broken hip.

Anytime from 70 years on is risky when taking a fall. Breaking a hip during old age often causes an onslaught for other medical problems. New hips & replacements are no guarantee.

Riding a pushbike at 80+ is like asking for trouble! :P

By The visitor | 8 February 2013 6:29 PM


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By The visitor | 8 February 2013 9:46 PM

Of course more people are out on their bikes! Sales of cars have dropped and the price of petrol is constantly rising! People have been forced to go to pedal power, unfortunately it's killing some of them.

By johnnie asbo | 9 February 2013 9:44 AM

Over-80's are likely to die more often than younger people with or without bicycles.....please pay me to do statistical studies like this...

By cdh | 10 February 2013 12:15 AM

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