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Accid Anal Prev. 2014 Dec;73:47-52. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2014.07.020. Epub 2014 Aug 28.

Evaluation of e-bike accidents in Switzerland.

Author information

1
Working Group on Accident Mechanics (AGU), Winkelriedstrasse 27, CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland. Electronic address: weber@agu.ch.
2
Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu), Hodlerstrasse 5a, CH-3011 Bern, Switzerland.
3
Working Group on Accident Mechanics (AGU), Winkelriedstrasse 27, CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The acceptance and usage of electric bicycles has rapidly increased in Switzerland in the last years. Hence this topic has been addressed by policy makers with the aim to facilitate new transport modes and, moreover, to improve their safety.

METHODS:

Police-recorded accidents of the years 2011 and 2012 involving a total of 504 e-bikers and 871 bicyclists were analysed. National figures were compared with those of a rural and an urban environment.

RESULTS:

Most e-bikers who were involved in accidents were 40-65 years old. It was found that most e-bikers sustained single accidents and that helmet usage was higher in the investigated rural environment than in the investigated urban area. The evaluation of the injury severity of e-bikers, particularly compared to bicyclists, lead to diverging results.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings presented in this study are intended to serve as a benchmark since basic information on characteristics of e-bike accidents is provided. With respect to differences between the injury severity of e-bikers and bicyclists to-date no clear statement can be drawn. It is suggested to regularly evaluate e-bike accidents to show trends and/or identify changes.

KEYWORDS:

Accident characteristics; E-bike; Electric bicycle; Injury severity

PMID:
25173724
DOI:
10.1016/j.aap.2014.07.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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