Cycling accidents on the increase

Latest Department for Transport figures released show that cycling accidents are on the increase. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured went up by 8% year on year in the year to 30 September 2012. There has been an immediate call by road safety campaigners for the government to tackle this as a matter of urgency.

Factors including the surging popularity of cycling, as well as weather effects, make it difficult to know whether it is the increased volume of cyclists or that cycling is becoming more dangerous.

 

Latest Department for Transport figures released show that cycling accidents are on the increase. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured went up by 8% year on year in the year to 30 September 2012. There has been an immediate call by road safety campaigners for the government to tackle this as a matter of urgency.

Factors including the surging popularity of cycling, as well as weather effects, make it difficult to know whetherthe figures are due to the increased volume of cyclists or that cycling is becoming more dangerous.Commenting on the figures, Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans said: “The government must act now to put an end to the increasing number of pedestrian and cyclist casualties on our roads.

“As MPs investigate how to get more people out on their bikes, these figures show just how far we have to go. Leadership, investment and big changes in our schools, workplaces and communities are urgently needed to make cycling and walking safer and to build a healthier, cleaner UK.

“Safe cycling routes and lower speed limits could help prevent the increasing number of injuries and tragic deaths on our roads.”

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the road safety charity IAM, said:

“The rise in the number of fatal and serious accidents on minor and built-up roads is concerning. The government needs to think about which roads are the safest and where they should be dedicating their resources.”

If you have been involved in a cycling accident you may be entitled to cycling accident compensation. Call us today for a free no-obligation assessment of your case on 01625 506 655.