The main purpose of the project " Recording Cyclist Crashes and Long-term Injury Consequences by new Smart Tools (ReCyCLIST)" is to develop and use a new registration tool for registering accidents with bicycles, electric scooters and other forms of micro-mobility. Such accidents and injuries are registered to a very small extent today. The reason is that most injuries occur as a result of single accidents, and such accidents are reported to the police to a very small extent. Hence, we need better registrations of these accidents. In ReCyCLIST, we will develop a digital registration tool that in practice becomes a short questionnaire that patients answer on tablets when they come to the emergency room / hospital after an injury. The digital questionnaire will also have a map function so that it will be possible to locate the accidents, and the ambition is also to develop a "street view" function that can make it possible to identify which elements contributed to the accident (curb, post, hole, etc.).
In addition to the lack of knowledge about the extent of bicycle injuries, we also lack knowledge about where they occur and what consequences they have in the short and long term. Injury consequences will be mapped prospectively through medical follow-up and surveys of patients after three and 12 months, and retrospectively through linking data from various registers.
The ReCyCLIST project is a collaboration between research institutes from health and transport sciences, public authorities, medical expertise and web developers and end-user organizations. The project will be carried out in Agder County and involves hospitals and emergency rooms in Kristiansand and Arendal.
The ReCyCLIST project is a collaboration between research institutes from the health and transport sciences, public authorities, medical expertise and web-tool developers, and end-user organisations, and as such an excellent example of cooperation between research groups and users of the research.
Four major research questions are addressed in the ReCyCLIST project:
a) What are the characteristics and locations of accidents and injuries among cyclists and users of e-scooters and other micro mobility devices in two urban regions (Kristiansand and Arendal) in Agder county?
b) What are the most relevant preventive measures to reduce the number of accidents and injuries for cyclists and users of micro-mobility devices?
c) What are the safety effects of the selected measures implemented and tested in the two urban regions?
d) What are the consequences of injuries in terms of individual and social strains and costs (broadly defined) both in a short (~ 1 year) and a longer perspective with respect to recovery and disability rates?
To answer the questions, we will develop a digital tool to register accidents and injuries among cyclists and users of micro mobility devices in the regions. Based on (1) the accident and injury registrations, (2) survey data from the users (3) self-reports of problematic sites, (4) literature review and (5) stakeholder workshops, relevant countermeasures which will be implemented and evaluated. The evaluation will be conducted in the form of (field) trials applying different data sources (accident registrations, video registrations, survey, data from the municipalities’ “report services”). We will apply a prospective study and follow up injured cyclists and users of micro mobility devices using medical rehabilitation data and questionnaires after 3 and 12 months. To map long-term consequences (> 1 year), we will use a retrospective study linking data from registers containing information about health, welfare benefits and injuries.