Cyclists: Uneven roads and potholes are causing back pain, nerve damage and spinal problems

A HIGH-TECH bicycle which measures cyclists’ exposure to potentially harmful vibrations from uneven road surfaces could be used to check the safety of cycle lanes and other routes. Back problems and nerve damage can occur as a result of riding on surfaces which are bumpy, potholed or cracked.  Read article in The Herald. 

Article in Herald on bumps in road and risk to cyclists.31.08.19

Work undertaken at Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute (TRI), which found that a large number of people in Scotland who cycle for leisure or as commuters were showing symptoms of a condition called Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).  Mark Taylor’s research concerning cyclist vibration exposure, public health and active travel is attempting to demonstrate a clinical need to improve Scottish cycling infrastructure.  Through developing low-cost electronics packages mounted on bicycles, infrastructure could be managed in a more sustainable manner and improve safety standards.

Professor Chris Oliver, a retired orthopaedic trauma surgeon who co-led the research, is set to discuss the findings at the 54th UK Conference on Human Responses to Vibration, which is being held at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh on 24th to 26th September.

The Conference provides a technical forum for exchange of information, dissemination of research findings and the opportunity to be updated on current issues related to human exposure to vibration. Presented papers will cover all aspects of hand-transmitted vibration, whole-body vibration and motion sickness.  The conference will be hosted by Edinburgh Napier University School of Engineering & the Built Environment and Reactec Ltd.  Read more about the 54th UK HRV 2019 conference and how to register here.  For general enquiries regarding the conference, please contact:

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