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Cycle Collision Stats: Gender, Time, and Vehicle

Using data we’ve gathered through our Cycle Collision Tracker crowdsourcing project, we’ve looked at a few intersections our readers have flagged as hazardous for cyclists (and we’ll keep doing more).

We’ve also counted up and written about how many cyclists mention that they are in cycle lanes when collisions take place.

But we wanted to mix it up a bit, and take a step-back look at all the data you’ve given us so far. Here are just a few key statistics.

Firstly, when we tallied it up, we found that more guys than girls have logged collisions on our tracker. That might be a reflection of the gender gap in cycling, which means guys are more likely to cycle than girls. As of August 2015, 64 percent of dublinbike users were male, and 36 percent were female.

What gender was the cyclist? Create pie charts

Collisions appear to be more likely during morning and evening rush hours. That mirrors what the Road Safety Authority found when it took a closer look at countrywide statistics for cyclists’ injuries for 2012, although our statistics show the highest peak in the morning rush hour rather than during the evening.

What time of day did the collision take place? Create column charts


While most cyclists reported that they had collided with private cars, taxis featured second on the list of vehicles mentioned.

What did cyclists say they collided with? Create bar charts

We’re really grateful to all of you who have taken the time to log collisions on our Cycle Collision Tracker. If you haven’t yet, but want to, just follow this link.

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  2. Miranda Black
    4 May at 14:57

    I would be interested to know whether you are going to put together a similar tracker for pedestrians and motorists to detail how often they are run down/collided with by cyclists performing illegal manoeuvres? I have lost count of the amount of cyclists I’ve seen at the Portobello/Rathmines Road junction at rush hour who run red lights, thus colliding with motor vehicles and pedestrians. Similarly I’ve lost count of the cyclists I’ve seen running red lights at Georges Street (near Exchequer Street) to slam into/nearly run down pedestrians who have right of way. (This doesn’t include the cyclists who cycle whilst drunk late at night and cut-up taxis when they don’t have the right of way to do so, and then give the finger to the rightly-annoyed taxi driver).

  3. Lois Kapila
    5 May at 08:52

    @Miranda Black: Hi Miranda, I agree that cyclists should not run red lights and I get really annoyed when I see them do it. I guess my thinking is that the roads should be safe for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. And the better the infrastructure for cyclists, which studies such as this have said are currently very low quality, the safer the roads are for everybody. Because there’ll be a lot less agro all round.

  4. ian
    5 May at 10:24

    @Miranda, cars far more frequently break red lights than cyclists. For every motorist in this city, red traffic lights mean ‘one more’.

  5. Citizen Wolf
    5 May at 22:03

    @Ian – One more? I think you mean 3 more. 🙁

  6. Krisztián
    6 May at 22:11

    Why is 4×4, SUV, Range Rover and Jeep separate categories with 1-2 data points each?

  7. Marc Evers
    7 September at 08:59

    @Krisztián: Because it’s a free-form text field 🙂


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