Researchers, Professor Andrew Palmer and Ms Peta Hitchens, from the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania are inviting you to participate in a research study to determine the cycling habits of regular cyclists and the risks and costs of cycling accidents in Tasmania.
The study involves a short questionnaire over the telephone. The purpose of the study is to describe the cycling habits of regular cyclists in Tasmania and assess the risk and costs of having a major or minor accident while bicycle riding. We have identified a need for real-life information on cycling habits and accidents in Tasmania to inform decision making in the promotion of cycling for health and as a carbon-neutral mode of transport.
In addition to an accurate assessment of cycling habits of regular cyclists and the risk of cycling accidents, this study will identify previously unrecognised bicycle accident ‘black spots’.
The study aims to overcome the significant issue of under-reporting of serious accidents in police statistics and we envisage that the research findings will lead to targeted safety improvements. You have been invited to participate in the study as you are a regular and frequent cyclist. The researchers are particularly interested in your experience of cycling in Tasmania, and are interested in talking to you even if you have not been involved in any major or minor accidents in the past. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peta Hitchens (03 6226 7753) and the researchers will forward to you an information sheet, consent form and reply paid envelope.