PORTSMOUTH worst for cycling accidents

Latest figures show that Portsmouth is the worst place for cycling accidents outside of London. In 2011 in the UK there were 19,215 injured or killed whilst cycling. In Portsmouth, there were 983 people per million injured as a result of bike accidents according to figures released by the Department for Transport.

This represents an increase from 758 in 2010, and 683 2009. Portsmouth City Council has responded saying it is investing money to provide cycle paths in the city in order to increase cycling safety and bring this figure down.

 

Latest figures show that Portsmouth is the worst place for cycling accidents outside of London. In 2011 in the UK there were 19,215 injured or killed whilst cycling. In Portsmouth, there were 983 people per million injured as a result of bike accidents according to figures released by the Department for Transport.

This represents an increase from 758 in 2010, and 683 2009. Portsmouth City Council has responded saying it is investing money to provide cycle paths in the city in order to increase cycling safety and bring this figure down. Amber Kerens-Bathmaker, acting assistant head of transport and environment at the council, said: ‘We’re working hard to reduce cycling casualties. ‘With new funding for sustainable transport from the government, we’ll be able to do even more.

‘Over the next three years we’re spending just over £1m on improved cycle lanes and infrastructure schemes as well as £40,000 on adult cycle training and bike maintenance.

‘We’re running a campaign now for drivers to give young cyclists more space, and we work with schools to create safer cycling routes for pupils.

‘We have also improved many road junctions so they give cyclists safer places to cross.’

One of the reasons why Portsmouth has a high bike casualty rate is because there are a higher proportion of cyclists on the roads in the city and Mrs Kerens-Bathmaker added: ‘We’re looking at these casualty figures to see what we can learn. we are the most densely-populated area outside central London. As cyclists are more likely to have accidents on busy urban streets, this might also have an impact on our figures.’

If you are a cyclist who has been involved in an accident in the last 3 years you could be entitled to cycling accident compensation. Call us today for a free no-obligation assessment of your case on 01625 506 655.