Lately I've been spending quite a bit of
time picking through piles of bike-related research in the virtual
zone, recruiting various articles and abstracts for the RESEARCH
(which I have started calling the Wall of Confusion). This activity
is akin to flagellating oneself at a Dia de los Muertos rally.
prowling has netted a good deal of research on cyclists in various
countries outside the US, giving the RESEARCH PAGE a strong global flavor,
and showing us that questionable research on bicycling safety
is not limited to English-speaking countries alone. Some of my
favorite new additions:
- EPIDEMIOLOGY OF BICYCLE
INJURIES IN IRAN
Abstract of recently published article with 2003 data.
INJURIES IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (pdf) A small study of 200
ER patients reveals strikingly similar patterns to those found
in the US and elsewhere.
- INJURIES TO CYCLISTS
Abstract of German study of thousands of cyclists injured since
- DETERMINANTS AND PATTERNS
OF BICYCLE USE AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AMONG BICYCLING WORKERS,
2005 study. Abstract in English, full article in Portuguese.
RISK FACTORS FOR CYCLISTS IN CROATIA (pdf) 2003 article from Croatia
are also abstracts of a few articles on bicyclist accidents in
roundabouts in Denmark and Belgium (thanks to Giro for the links
to those), and a Swedish helmet study, and a patterns-of-use
report from Belgium as well.
through these international papers we can't help but notice familiar
patterns in how and why cyclists injure themselves. But it's
a great big world out there and not everything is so familiar.
For instance, the abstract of this small study published in the
May 2006 issue of Injury highlights the very different
ways that bicycles are used in different cultures:
- BICYCLE AND CYCLE RICKSHAW
INJURIES IN SUBURBAN INDIA
of a total of 41 patients, 23 were injured from bicycle ... In
the bicycle group all patients were either travelling
on the cross-bar or rear fender. 91% had sustained injuries due
to spokes ..." Something that is hardly a consideration
in the northern hemisphere. [The same thing from Pakistan: BICYCLE
AND MOTORCYCLE SPOKE INJURIES IN CHILDREN AS PASSENGERS.]
global, ride local. And keep your feet out of the spokes.