New tool highlights cycling danger zones

03:25, Feb 08 2013

Nelson cyclists have a new tool to help avoid injury on their weekend ride or daily commute.

A group of University of Otago injury prevention researchers have created a searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured through ‘dooring’.

The publicly available tool overlays data extracted from New Zealand Traffic Crash Reports from 2007-11 onto Google Maps, and the group hoped this would help city planners and traffic engineers identify streets and connected routes that have high numbers of injuries resulting from ‘‘dooring’’ type collisions.

University of Otago Injury Prevention Research Unit Director Professor Hank Weiss said the interactive map would also let cyclists and safety advocates see where the local dooring hazard areas were.

The map shows the approximate location of 245 cycle dooring injuries over this period and indicates their seriousness and the direction the cyclist was travelling.

Users can also click through to a Street View of the crash area to see a photograph of the way the road side might have looked.

About 20 per cent of the 245 the cyclists ‘doored’ were seriously injured and two died. Twice as many males as females were reported to have been in a dooring crash.

The map of dooring injuries can be viewed below. Access to the map, its description, and discussion of issues around dooring and its prevention is available here.

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The Nelson Mail