North Sydney Crash Analysis Report

Some key facts relating to crashes in North Sydney:

  • In 2015 there were 220 crashes in North Sydney, which is lower than 2014 and the five-year average of 292.

  • There were three fatalities in 2015.

  • The highest percentage of crashes for North Sydney occurred in the 30-39-year age group with 23.3%.

  • Speed was the greatest contributing factor for all crashes in North Sydney contributing to 5.9% of all crashes. This was a significant decrease from 2014 (13.8%) and lower than the five-year average (9%).

  • The percentage of crashes involving fatigue in 2015 (4.5%) was lower than 2014 (6%) and the five-year average (5.6%).

  • The percentage of alcohol related crashes was 1.8% in 2015 – the lowest in the five-year period.

  • Motor vehicle driver casualties were significantly higher than other road casualties for North Sydney at 49.4%.

  • Pedestrians were the second highest road user group for casualties for North Sydney at 16.5% - significantly higher than Sydney’s (7.9%) and NSW (6.1%) casualties.

  • Motorcycle casualties were the third highest casualties in North Sydney (15.3%) which is higher than for Sydney (9%) and NSW (6.1%).

  • Pedal Cycle casualties were three times more prevalent in North Sydney (10.8%) than in Sydney (3.7%) and NSW (3.5%) but had dropped from 12.9% in 2014.

  • Motor vehicle passenger casualties were the lowest for North Sydney with 8% and lower than for Sydney and NSW with 15.1% and 16.5% respectively.

  • Between 2011-2015, the 30-39-year age group on average had the highest number of casualties across most road user class with:

    • 22 motor vehicle driver casualties;

    • 7 pedal cycle casualties, 6 being male;

    • 5 pedestrian casualties.

  • Motor vehicle passenger casualties were, on average, fairly consistent over all age groups and genders with slightly more casualties in the 0-16 age group and slightly more female casualties overall.

  • The 40-49-year age group had the greatest number of motorcycle casualties (7).

  • North Sydney had roughly double the proportion of motor vehicle driver casualties not wearing occupant restraints with 2.5% compared to 1.5% for NSW and 1.1% for Sydney Region.

  • North Sydney’s proportion of motor vehicle passenger casualties not wearing seatbelts was significantly higher with a total of 4.5% compared to 2.3% for NSW and 1.9% for Sydney Region. Though it must be noted that numbers were small.

Helmet use for motorcyclists and pedal cyclists indicates that North Sydney had a much lower proportion of casualties not wearing a helmet than NSW and Sydney Region.

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