Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4499 ..


1992 (after the helmet law was introduced). Automatic counts were taken at 23 cycle path locations. It was found that the average daily volumes on weekdays recorded in 1992 were about one third lower than the similar period in 1991, with average daily volumes on the weekend declining over the same period by about half.

The report identifies that there were twice as many days with rain recorded in Canberra during the 1992 survey period than the 1991 survey period, which could account for the reduction in cycling between the two surveys. The report also identified that the introduction of legislation to make wearing bicycle helmets compulsory could have contributed to the decline in bicycle path traffic. However, it noted that in measuring this cycle activity, no causal link between cycle activity and helmet legislation had been established.

(4) (a) I can provide some statistics on the number of cyclist injuries and deaths in the ACT for the period 1990 to 2009:

Year

Fatalities

Injuries

1990

3

77

1991

2

93

1992

1

73

1993

0

91

1994

0

68

1995

0

68

1996

3

80

1997

2

63

1998

3

56

1999

0

54

2000

0

39

2001

0

46

2002

0

32

2003

0

26

2004

0

33

2005

1

40

2006

1

41

2007

0

52

2008

0

63

2009

0

60

The source of this information is the ‘AFP Crash Report’ provided by ACT Policing.

It is important to note that the above information is for ‘on-road’ crashes only. Bicycle crashes on bicycle paths are often unreported.

(b) TAMS has no statistics on the type of injuries that were suffered by cyclists. This information can only be obtained from hospital records. TAMS has no readily available records of whether a helmet was being worn or not for each injury crash involving a cyclist.

(c) TAMS has no readily available statistics on whether a motor vehicle was involved in each of the injury crashes involving a cyclist and the estimated speed of the vehicle.

(d) In relation to the location of each of the injury crashes reported in the above table, the Bicycle Crashes report is for bicycle accidents on roads only, so it does not


Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video