Cycle casualty concern

CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation – is concerned that the annual number of cyclist casualties does not appear to be reducing, even though the number of cycling trips remains similar to the levels seen during 2009.

This is in light of the recently announced figures by the DfT, where it was shown that the number of pedal cyclists deaths increased by 7% from 104 in 2009 to 114 in 2010 leads to concerns that the benefits acrued from the healthy activity of cycling  could turn into a negative as casualties increase and the UK falls behing the rest of Europe in the provision of cycling infrastructure.

CTC’s Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, said: “Despite months of ice and snow in 2010, cycling is still growing. However, casualties remain high, and there are many areas where Britain is falling farther behind our European counterparts in providing for cycling  We still have only a tiny fraction of our residential streets covered by 20mph while hostile roads, bad driving, and weak law enforcement remain serious barriers to getting more people cycling.”

Cycle use in 2010 was 5 billion kms, a little higher than 2009, taking it to its highest level for 20 years. The likelihood of being killed while cycling is 54% lower than it was in 1990.

Similar figures have also been published for the capital, where in 2010 cycling increased by 15%. Injuries in London rose by 9% but remain 18% lower than in the mid-1990s.

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