Child cyclist injuries: a prospective study

Med J Aust. 1986 Feb 3;144(3):144-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1986.tb112244.x.


A prospective study of pedalcycle accident morbidity and mortality was carried out from February to mid-November 1983 because of the high frequency of child cyclist injuries that were occurring on the relatively flat Redcliffe Peninsula. These injuries were apparently associated with the large number of young children who use a bicycle as their main mode of transport to and from school. The schools were surveyed for the extent of bicycle use and cyclists were surveyed for the amount of protective clothing that was worn while involved in cycling. It was found that a disturbingly large number of young children made regular bicycle trips on public roads with the minimal use of safety helmets or any other form of protective clothing. Nearly 40% of on-road accidents involved children of less than 12 years of age, and over 10% of these involved children of six years of age or less. No child in our series of on-road accidents was, at the time of injury, wearing a safety helmet or any other form of protective clothing. No bicycle accidents occurred on the exclusive cycle track of approximately 1 km in length on the Peninsula.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Australia
  • Bicycling*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Head Protective Devices
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sports*