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"16% increase in serious injuries" - so what's happening?

A closer analysis of cycle casualty data suggests one possible explanation lies in the weather in 2010. Unfortunately, determining risk without good data on cycle use continues to be problematic.
Cycle serious injuries have been rising as fast as cycle use in recent years

In 2011 serious injuries to cyclists rose by an astonishing 16% in one year. That follows a smaller but still alarming increase in 2010, and is the 7th year in a row that serious injuries and deaths have risen for cyclists.

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Killer HGV driver pleads guilty to causing death by dangerous driving

Lorry driver Joao Lopes hit and killed Eilidh Cairns in 2009 but was only ever fined for poor eyesight. Last year he ran over and killed 97-year-old Nora Gutmann in 2011. He has now pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and tachograph offences.
Lorries are disproportionately involved in pedestrian and cyclists' deaths

Kate Cairns, who fought for a proper investigation into her sister's death to stop other fatalities happening in the same way - and who went on to campaign for better lorry safety in Europe -  said: 

"For three years I have battled the whole way through an inadequate system which assumes the guilt of the cyclist, and which is rife with incompetence and complacency and which has failed us all on so many levels.

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Cycle casualties increase sharply in 2011

28 June 2012
Figures released today from the Government show that cycle use increased very slightly in 2011, however, the numbers of serious injuries rose markedly. CTC is calling on Government to do more to improve safety.
Reduced traffic policing may be partly behind the rise in casualties

Cycle casualties increased sharply in 2011 compared to the previous year, while deaths and serious injuries also rose for many other road users.

This is now the fifth year in a row that cycle serious injuries have risen, and while cycle use has also increased, the risk of injury has not improved over that period.

Serious injuries to cyclists rose in 16% in 2011, from 2,660 to 3,085. Overall cycle casualties rose by 12%, to 19,215.

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Driver convicted of killing receives short driving ban and 300 hours community service

An HGV driver who killed a cyclist while speeding with a "smudged" windscreen has received a worryingly lenient sentence. This is yet another case which reveals the inadequate workings of the judicial system.
The approximate location on the A1035 where Tim Andrew was hit

Tim Andrew was cycling along the A1035 near Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, when he was hit by a lorry driven by David Grogan, at around 0640 in the morning of the 14th October, 2010.

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Could Northern Ireland go 20 mph?

Conall McDevitt MLA has tabled a Private Member's Bill in the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly which seeks to make 20mph the default speed limit on most residential roads in the 6 counties.
20mph could be the default residential speed limit in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is uniquely placed to do this: the entire road network is under the control of a single highway authority - the Roads Service - which is responsible for every road, bridge and street light across the area. It is directly controlled by the Department for Regional Development, which means that decisions can be made at the national level over local streets.

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'Safety in numbers' - how it works at a micro level

As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
Riders on the Magnificat sportive negotiate a gravelly, blind bend

The idea of  ‘safety in numbers’ has been explored in several academic papers, including studies of various European countries, American cities and areas of Belgium. These uncovered a link suggesting that in areas of high cycle use the risk of cycling was lower.

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New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits

CTC's 'New Vision for Cycling' sets out the benefits which doubling cycling (and halving the risks of cycling) would have.
Over a third of Copenhageners cycle to work - can we achieve the same?

CTC has been promoting cycling at national and local level since 1878 and, after well over a century of campaigning and lobbying, we believe that cycling has never been more relevant than it is today.

Why cycle?

Cycling is fun, fast, flexible, free (well, almost!) and it keeps you fit. You don’t have to pay for a gym and you can save time by getting from A to B while you’re exercising.

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More cyclists = bad news, suggests silly press release

According to a new 'study' put together by a PR company, the fewer cyclists there are the more 'cycle friendly' a town is. This is exactly the thinking that has held back cycling for so long.
Apparently lots of cyclists means 'cycle unfriendly' according to new research

A press release for Virgin Money - which has been widely picked up by local news across the country - has attempted to determine the most 'cycle friendly towns' in Britain. They've tried to do this by collecting four types of data:

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Boris is wildly wrong to claim that 2/3 serious and fatal cycling injuries are due to law-breaking

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he thinks 62% of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured are breaking the law. Police data show he is wildy wrong.
Graph showing who the police think contributes to cycle fatalities

[UPDATE: Boris Johnson withdrew his original claim in a Mayoral response made on 19th September 2012. CTC welcomes his retraction].

Answering Mayoral Questions on 23rd May 2012, he said (after 2:31.40):

"I've seen a figure, I think, of 62%, which is the high proportion of cycling KSIs that are associated with some infraction by the cyclists themselves of the rules of the road."

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The RAC says “Drivers need help” – and they’re right!

The RAC has just published a survey of motorists’ views, and it makes for interesting reading.
83% of drivers admit speeding regularly, yet 92% say they are law-abiding

Their 2012 report on motoring includes some pretty candid admissions from drivers:

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