Cycling injury and accident data integrated for complete picture

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Getting a better handle on crash and injury data to improve safety for bike riders

Overview of action

Action 5.8, Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017–2019
Status: complete

Investigate the collection of injury and incident data relating to cyclists to understand how data sources can better work together to improve analysis of serious injury road crash data.

Achievements

Research has provided a stronger understanding of how data sources can better work together to improve analysis of road crashes that result in serious injury, including for bicycle riders.

Working with Queensland Health, Queensland Police Service, and Queensland Ambulance Service, the Department of Transport and Main Roads looked at how data about injuries and incidents is collected. We found that while all 4 agencies collect important crash data, the data is not always being linked and this limits our understanding of incidents and injuries.

Our findings demonstrate how these gaps can be closed, to provide a more complete picture of serious injury crashes, enabling better scrutiny of the data.

We have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Queensland Health which includes the processes to enable data linkage between the two departments to occur.

Next steps

The next steps involve linking data from the RoadCrash and Queensland Health databases (from hospitals, emergency departments, and ambulance) for the past 5 years.

Following this, we will establish processes to implement improvements to link bicycle injury and incident data sources on a routine basis to enhance our understanding of serious injury road crashes.

Lead agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads