Cycling, Health and Safety

The health benefits to society from cycling outweigh negative impacts by up to a factor of 20, according to the final research report "Cycling, Health and Safety" from the ITF Working Group on Cycling Safety. The report, published at a time when many cities are seeking to increase the share of cycling amidst concerns for safety, shows that the key to delivering overall benefits from cycling is creating a safe system through government policy and city action.

Among the recommendations for policy makers is the moderation of some urban road speeds to 30km/h or less, and the use of separated cycling infrastructure to increase the number of new cyclists, hence reaping the greatest health benefits through increased physical activity, including reducing risks linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type-2 diabetes.

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Objective of the Working Group on Cycling Safety
The aim of the Cycling Safety Working Group is to provide an opportunity for the intensive exchange of international experience on risk analysis and the design of cost effective safety interventions.

It is intended to provide guidelines for improving cycling safety based on review of the best data and analysis available and case studies of policies in member countries. With the help of national experts, risk exposure and crash data will be collected and member country policy frameworks and instruments for improving cycling safety will be reviewed. The study will also explore the potential for implementation of innovative policies. A quantitative study on the effectiveness of interventions will be carried out.

The Working Group held an international conference on Cycling Safety in Seoul, Korea, on April 7, 2011 with the collaboration of the Korean Transport Institute.

Participating Countries
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

Other Outputs
Preliminary findings were made available in June 2012 PDF

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