February 28th, 2011
A top cycling safety charity has warned that cycling deaths and accidents are rising at a “worrying rate.” Government figures show that there has been a 3% rise in casualties compared to the previous 12 months, making a total of more than 17,400 for the year up to September 2010. On the other hand road safety in general is believed to have improved with fatalities at an all time low. The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety said that the drop in fatalities is good news, however they still feel there is drastic action needed to combat the growing accident statistics. The charities director Robert Giffod told press that “we need to know why this is the case and what we can do to make cycling safer.” Chris Peck, policy officer of CTC, a nationwide cycling organisation commented that “While the increase in cycle casualties might look worrying, the risk to each individual may still be lower than before when considering the increase in the number of cyclists.” The Department for Transport’s current figures show that bicycle traffic has rose suddenly by around 4% between 2008, to 2009 and increased fuel prices will only encourage more to saddle up in coming months.