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Factors related to the increasing number of seriously injured cyclists and pedestrians in a Swedish urban region 2003–17
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (LIVSSTIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1831-1400
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3787-1040
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-7260
(English)In: Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1741-3842, E-ISSN 1741-3850Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Background

The number of seriously injured unprotected road users has increased during implementation of a road safety policy Vision Zero. The aim of the study is to identify factors associated with the increase in serious injuries among cyclists and pedestrians (even single pedestrian accidents) that occurred in an urban road space in a Swedish region 2003–17. The urban road space includes roads, pavements and tracks for walking and cycling.

Methods

Data were retrieved from STRADA (Swedish Traffic Accident Data Acquisition) and NVDB (National Road Database). Descriptive statistics and logistic regression with odds ratios for sex, age and part of road space were assessed.

Results

The number of seriously injured cyclists and pedestrians more than doubled from 2003 to 2017, with the greatest increase for pedestrians. Older age increased the probability of serious injury since 2012 for the group ≥ 80 years and since 2015 for the group 65–79 years. No significant effect of sex. Most injuries occur in areas not transformed by Vision Zero.

Conclusions

An increasing number of elderly persons in the generation born in the 1940s and increased life expectancy are important factors. There is a need to increase road safety measures that also promote active mobility.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-46369DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdz064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-46369DiVA, id: diva2:1378570
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2019-12-13Bibliographically approved

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