Bicycle Crash Types

The classification of bicycle crash types has continually evolved over the past few decades as better techniques have been developed to record crash details such as where (city, street, intersection, two-lane road, etc.) and when (time of day, day of week, etc.) the crashes occurred. The latest tool available for measuring bicycle crash types is the second version of the software product known as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT).

The PBCAT software is intended to assist state and local pedestrian and bicycle coordinators, planners, and engineers in enhancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety. PBCAT accomplishes this goal through the development and analysis of a database containing details associated with crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists, including the crash type that describes the pre-crash actions of the parties involved. With the database developed, the software can then be used to produce reports and select countermeasures to address the problems identified.