here is the article.

I wonder how long before the "cyclists shouldn't be on the road" type of comments begin

Four in every five crashes between cars and bicycles caused by driver of car

here is the text if you don't want to click:

The study by Adelaide University's Centre for Automotive Safety Research could end the long-running debate between drivers and cyclists about who is to blame for accidents.

Researcher Tori Lindsay studied the cause of bicycle accidents from police statistics after a large increase from 12 per cent of all crashes resulting in hospital admission in 2001 to 17.4 per cent in 2010.

The study focused on the most serious injuries - 61 patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital who were the victims of collisions with cars from 2008-2010.

"More than 85 per cent of the cyclists in the study were identified as travelling straight on a single carriageway with the intention of continuing straight at the time of the crash," Ms Lindsay said.

"Drivers of vehicles, however, were more likely to be turning, with more than 64 per cent of all drivers undertaking a turn manoeuvre into or out of another roadway at the time of the crash."

Bicycle SA chief executive Christian Haag said the results showed a need for greater education and compliance, mainly for drivers.

"It is also important for cyclists to educate themselves and not just jump on a bike when they turn 45 because their doctor has told them to do some exercise," he said.

Cyclist Jurgen Klus said motorist behaviour improved during the Tour Down Under but quickly returned to normal afterwards.

"You don't keep statistics when you are riding but you see plenty of near-misses in which the driver doesn't even know they have almost caused an accident."

The most serious injuries incurred by cyclists were fractures, followed by those who sustained internal organ injuries. Close to a third of cyclists experienced a loss of consciousness following the crash.

By far the most crashes, four in every 10 of the crashes in the study, involved an oncoming vehicle turning right across the path of a cyclist who was continuing straight.

In six out of 10 crashes, the vehicle driver was crossing two or more traffic lanes while turning right.

In two in every 10 crashes, cyclists ran into cars that were turning from the stem of a T-junction.

Collisions between a vehicle and a cyclist travelling in the same direction were the third most-common movements leading to crashes in the study, totalling one in every 10 crashes.

T-intersections were the most dangerous locations for crashes, followed by straight roads, and signalled intersections.

Drivers were at fault in 79 per cent of crashes and cyclists 21 per cent

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Along these lines, triple M (the radio station) is currently running an add about how a mans father was killed by a drink driver. The driver received 200 hours of community service. They seem to be making a media case about how "double standard" our laws are.

Unfortunately I really don't have any details beyond the 30second add, but it seems that some media groups are willing to run with this stuff. Is there a bicycle lobby group that is collecting all this stuff and joining the dots to hand a picture back to the media?

This is something people on Sydney Cyclist can do.
Did they detail the percentage of the 79% at fault drivers that get away scot free , or virtually scot free, for their actions?

I believed they used the well practiced SMIDSY defense to which everyone had a laugh and threw down some mentos

These studies always raise more questions. Like, where was the cyclist positioned when hit? Were they in the far left lane , in a bike shoulder, or taking a more prominent position etc. and when they say the third most common type was car and bike travelling in same direction, do they include left hooks in that? Anyway, the study accords with other studies, that turning movements by motorists are the biggest danger, particularly turning right in front of a cyclist. Adelaide may be different to Sydney, in that they have much wider streets, hence more exposure at T intersections and intersections in general.

Bottom line: drivers, your cars are useful tools, but can also easily be lethal weapons. Driving is not some sort of human right. Treat your being licensed as the privilege and responsibility that it is.

Agree. A car, a hammer, a gun. All can be a tool, all can be a weapon.

Pretty much confirms the similar study from Melbourne a couple of years ago that estimated the car fault at 87%.


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