The release of the latest reported road casualties for Great Britain show that cyclist serious injuries and deaths dropped in 2013. Combined with the news earlier this month that cycle use has risen slightly, this looks like a positive story.
Slight injuries to cyclists, however, rose by 3% between 2012 and 2013, and one year’s figures shouldn’t in any case make anyone, not least the Government, complacent. We need to put Space for Cycling on the political agenda at both national and local level, to ensure that Britain can capitalise on not only more, but safer cycling in the future.
Chris Peck, Campaigns and Policy Co-ordinator for CTC, responded to the new figures saying: “These statistics are generally good news for cycling.
Notes to Editors:
The risk of cycling is based on the number of cyclist road deaths (109 in 2013) per mile cycled (5 bn kms in 2013). Similar data for 1990-2013 (reproduced from Department for Transport data) can be found in the table below.
A link to CTC’s calculation of the risk of death whilst cycling: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10cH3ULsFOKvKc_Nv7BVkHHn7AwMIOp2rxZ4byFG4GOo/edit#gid=331815480
Casualty figures are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-main-results-2013
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