The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics associated with bicycle-related, motor vehicle accidents. Bicycle-related, motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky were analyzed.

A sample of injury-producing bicycle accidents was also analyzed. It was found that cyclists 10 to 14 years of age were involved in the largest number of motor vehicle related accidents. Males were involved in four times as many accidents as females. Most accidents occurred in urban areas, mostly on residential streets. The majority of accidents resulted from errors by the cyclists. The most common type was the right-angle accident, but the leading types varied with cyclist's age. Several factors were related to age and accident severity. The accidents were summarized by type and maneuver. The highest proportion was found between 3 and 7 p.m. Bicycle-related, motor vehicle accidents represented under 10 percent of all injury-producing bicycle accidents.

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