Under-reporting bicycle accidents to police in the COST TU1101 international survey: Cross-country comparisons and associated factors

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SHİNAR D., VALERO-MORA P., van Strijp-Houtenbos M., HAWORTH N., SCHRAMM A., DE BRUYNE G., ...More

ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, vol.110, pp.177-186, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 110
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.09.018
  • Page Numbers: pp.177-186


Police crash reports are often the main source for official data in many countries. However, with the exception of fatal crashes, crashes are often underreported in a biased manner. Consequently, the countermeasures adopted according to them may be inefficient. In the case of bicycle crashes, this bias is most acute and it probably varies across countries, with some of them being more prone to reporting accidents to police than others. Assessing if this bias occurs and the size of it can be of great importance for evaluating the risks associated with bicycling.