Cycling Safety

Cycling Safety

The Road Safety Authority held their sixth Annual Academic Lecture, marking the first day of ‘Irish road Safety Week’ which runs until Sunday 11 October.  The theme of the lecture was ‘Cycling Safety’ and was attended by over 100 road safety stakeholders.


At the lecture Professor Michael Gilchrist, Head of School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD) presented the results of his study ‘Analysis and Reconstruction of Bicycle Accidents’ which was conducted as part of the RSA Academic Bursary Programme.

In his study, Prof Gilchrist and his team used data from 37 fatal collisions involving cyclists in Ireland over a 10 year period and staged computer reconstructions to determine whether a helmet would have offered protection.

The study found that bicycle helmets offer effective protection at low speeds of less than 50km/h but their protective capabilities are reduced as speeds increase.

Mr Seamus Morris, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of the National Spinal Injuries Unit (NSIU), presented his research into the impact and management of trauma on cyclists. From 2010 to 2014, the NSIU saw a 320% (from 5 in 2010 to 21 in 2014) increase in the number of cyclists presenting with spinal injuries with 30% of these patients having spinal cord injuries.

Over that time a total of 53 cyclists required admission, of whom 21% had spinal cord injuries.

View Mr Seamus Morris's presentation here

Download Lecture Agenda here