The Netherlands recorded its lowest ever annual road toll in 2010 at 640

This compares to Australia's 2010 road toll of 1,368 (the Netherlands road toll in 1990 was 1,376).

In 2011, Australia's population is 22 million and the Netherlands population is 16.6 million.

In 2008, the Netherlands had 10,321,995 people with a driving license. In 2004, Australia had 13,533,100 licensed drivers. In 2009, there were over 12 million registered passenger vehicles in Australia. In 2004, there were 8.5 million registered motor vehicles in the Netherlands.

In 2000, the Netherlands had around 18,000 hospitalised traffic casualties. In 2002, the Netherlands had 18,420 hospitalised traffic victims. In 2006, the Netherlands had 16,750 traffic accident hospital admissions.

Australia had about 30,000 road accident hospital admissions in 2010, suggesting the road casualty rate has stabilised since 2005 as recorded by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in Road crash casualties and rates, Australia, 1925 to 2005.

So the Netherlands has about 25% fewer people than Australia, about 26% fewer people with a driving license, about 29% fewer registered motor vehicles, about 53% fewer road fatalities and about 47% fewer hospital admissions.

In the Netherlands from 2003 to 2007, 27.5% of cyclist casualties admitted to hospital had head or brain injuries.

In Australia in 2005/06, 25.7% of cyclists with serious injuries had head injuries.

Based on these figures, the Netherlands has a 1.8% greater proportion of cyclist head injuries than does Australia. The Netherlands had an average 2,150 cyclist head/brain injuries per year from 2003-2007, compared to 1,122 serious head injuries in Australia in 2005/06.

In the Netherlands from 2003/07, an average 8,000 cyclists were admitted to hospital each year. In Australia in 2005/06, 4,370 cyclists suffered serious injury.

On average, every Dutch person cycles 2.5km every day and 93% of the population rides a bike at least once a week. Every Australian cycles about 0.1km every day.


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