Trends in electric bike-related injury in China, 2004-2010

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar;27(2):NP1819-26. doi: 10.1177/1010539513496840. Epub 2013 Oct 4.


This study describes electric bike-related injuries from 2004 to 2010, and suggests injury prevention strategies to reduce electric bike-related injuries in China and other countries. Electric bike-related injuries data were obtained from the Bureau of Traffic Management at the Ministry of Public Security. Linear regression was used to identify statistically significant trends in electric bike-related injuries over the period. The results showed electric bike-related nonfatal injury rate had increased almost 4-fold and mortality rate increased 6-fold from 2004 to 2010. Linear regression showed a significant increase of 0.23 per 100 000 population per year (95% confidence interval = 0.18-0.29, P < .001) in the casualty rate from electric bike-related road traffic injuries. China will face new challenges arising from electric bike-related injuries. Programs need to be developed to prevent nonfatal injuries and fatalities caused by electric bike-related crashes in this country.

Keywords: China; bicycles; electric bikes; fatalities; road traffic injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Bicycling / statistics & numerical data*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Electric Power Supplies
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality