OHSU study looks at how “environmental factors” impact bike safety

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Gravel, leaves in bike lane-4

New study implies that bikeway conditions
play a key role in injury rates.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A new paper to be published later this year by a team of doctors and nurses from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) has found that roadway conditions and “the commuting environment” play an important factor in the incidence rate of injuries sustained while riding.

The paper, Bike commuter injury prevention: it’s time to focus on the environment, is the result of a study launched back in September 2007. It tracked 962 people who ride their bikes to work and it monitored them through monthly surveys.

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OHSU embarks on bike commuter injury survey

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Bike to Work Day

On the way to work,
and to better health.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

A team of researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) are embarking on an ambitious study of bicycle commuters.

The study will track 1,000 bicyclists for one year and hopes to garner new information about the health of bike commuters and rate of injury during their commute. Data from subjects will be collected through online surveys. Participants will fill out an initial survey and then will be prompted to fill out another survey each month.

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No free parking at OHSU

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Parking full at OHSU

No free spaces near the tram.
(File photo)

Yesterday I had a meeting at the new OHSU Wellness Center (near the tram) and I was amazed at the number of bikes parked around the building.

They overflowed the available racks and were locked up to light posts, benches, anything that was metal. In the general area around the tram, I estimated well over 150 bikes.

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Taking bikes on the new tram

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Yesterday I got a sneak peek at how bikes mix with the gleaming and futuristic new Portland Aerial Tram. Built by a cooperative effort between PDOT and OHSU, the new tram carries people from a new OHSU health center on the South Waterfront up to OHSU’s Kohler Pavillion.

I was joined by PDOT tram project manager Art Pearce, a rep from ODOT, PDOT bike coordinator Roger Geller, and volunteers from OHSU’s Bike Commuters Group.

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