Dutch study urges European Parliament to save cyclists’ lives

Posted: August 21, 2008 in cycling, Safety
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A recent post on BikeRadar about a study from Fietsersbond, the Dutch equivalent of the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) found that Airbags fitted to the outside of cars could save the lives of 350 cyclists in the European Union annually.

According to the report:

Tests on pedestrians alone were inapplicable to cyclists, the study found. The report demonstrated that cyclists hit the car bonnet (hood) or windscreen (windshield) higher than pedestrians, leading to more severe head injuries, as compared to more common leg injuries on pedestrians

For more on the other key findings from the report, entitled Bicycle Safety in Bicycle-Car Accidents, go check out the article. Interesting read.

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Comments
  1. Hmm. So what happens when a cyclist bounces off one of these airbags? Perhaps into the path of another moving vehicle?

    Prevention is always better than cure.

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