Fulham and Hammersmith cycling boom brings increase in accidents

Cycling accidents in the Hammersmith and Fulham area increased for a third year in a row as the area became one of the most popular places to cycle in London this year. 

In a comprehensive report on the state of cycling in the borough, it was shown that there was a 43 per cent rise in the number of bike rides made since 2003. 

There are now an average of 19,000 journeys made every week and around 7 per cent of residents now use their bike to get to work. 

Cycling accidents in the Hammersmith and Fulham area increased for a third year in a row as the area became one of the most popular places to cycle in London this year. 

In a comprehensive report on the state of cycling in the borough, it was shown that there was a 43 per cent rise in the number of bike rides made since 2003. 

There are now an average of 19,000 journeys made every week and around 7 per cent of residents now use their bike to get to work. 

However this positive increase hasn’t come without cost. There has also been a steady rise in cycling injuries and deaths over the years. In 2011 there were 171 cycling accident victims, compared to 154 in 2009. 

Campaigners are now putting pressure on local councils to step up their cycling safety initiatives, including the implementation of 20mph speed limits through key cycling areas. 

Local transport cheif Victoria Brockleband-Fowler confirmed that the council would continue to help cycling in the future: “We are encouraging more people to get on their bikes by improving roads, cycle paths and cyclist safety. Our schemes are innovative and interesting, and this approach has proved incredibly successful – so much so, that we see some of the highest cycling rates in London here in H&F.

“We have more to do, however, to further improve cycling in the borough and to make sure cyclists feel confident and safe on our roads, but we will continue to do as much as possible to balance the needs of cyclists with other road users and pedestrians.

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