Causes of Cycling Injuries

Most common cycling accident

The leading cause of emergency hospital admission to vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) is from non-collision cycling injuries. Non-collision injuries caused approximately four times as many serious injuries to cyclists (9,447 in 2008/09) than collisions between cyclists and cars, pick up trucks and vans (1,871).

The top three causes are:

  1. Slipping on ice (26% of all reported NCIs)
  2. Slipping on wet road (8% of all reported NCIs)
  3. Slipped on soil, mud, gravel, wet rock (7% of all reported NCIs)

Only a third of all incidents cause an injury worthy of professional treatment and most of these are minor.