Press Release

Serious injuries to cyclists soar

Chris Peck's picture
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
CTC – the national cycling charity – has responded to news of a 16% increase in cyclist serious injuries in one year, by saying that the Government can’t expect more and safer cycling whilst at the same time cutting back on traffic policing and other road safety measures.

Cycle use rose very slightly in 2011, outweighed by the large increase in cycle casualties. Other road user groups also saw increases in casualties, including a 6% increase in car occupant deaths and a 12% increase in pedestrian deaths. Overall deaths and serious injuries both increased slightly.

CTC’s Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, said: “We may now be seeing the results of the Government’s previous ‘ending the war on the motorist’ rhetoric, suggesting that road safety wasn’t a priority. Ministers now need to reassert the importance of creating safe and attractive cycling conditions, promoting safe driving and tackling the threats posed by lorries. Creating safe conditions for existing and would-be cyclists is important not just for our health and the environment, but for the safety of other road users too.”

He continued, “Britain’s cycle safety record is falling even further behind other north European countries which have far higher levels of cycle use. We still have only a tiny fraction of our residential streets covered by 20 mph schemes, while hostile roads, bad driving and weak law enforcement remain serious barriers to getting more people cycling.”

Cycle use in 2011 was 4.9 billion kms, a little higher than last year’s figure, which has been revised to 4.8 bn kms. The likelihood of dying while cycling is 55% lower than it was in 1990.

In 2011/12 cycling increased by 9% in London alone, where cycle use on the main road network is now 173% higher than in 2000. However, even here the rate of increase of cycle serious injuries (+21% in one year) is exceeding the increase in cycle use.

 

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

CTC, the national cycling charity, has 69,000 members, and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK. CTC provides a comprehensive range of services, advice, events and protection for its members and works to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of cycling's health, social and environmental benefits. Visit www.ctc.org.uk.

The risk of cycling is based on the number of road deaths (107 in 2011) per mile cycled (4.9 bn kms in 2011). Similar data for 1990-2011 (reproduced from Department for Transport data) can be found in the table below.

Road traffic data published today: http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/road-traffic-estimates-2011

Road casualty data published today: http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/reported-road-casualties-gb-main-results-2011/

Latest data on cycle usage in London can be found on p. 10 of the quarterly report of TfL’s Operational and Financial Performance and Investment Programme issued in advance of a board meeting held this week: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/Part-1-Item06-Ops-Fin-Invest-Prog-Q4-2011-12.pdf

London casualty data has also been published: http://tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/casualties-in-greater-london-2011.pdf

ENDS

Contact: CTC Press Office, Tel.: 07786 320 713, Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk

Notes to editors:
CTC, the national cycling charity, has 69,000 members, and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK. CTC provides a comprehensive range of services, advice, events and protection for its members and works to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of cycling's health, social and environmental benefits. Visit www.ctc.org.uk.

The risk of cycling is based on the number of road deaths (107 in 2011) per mile cycled (4.9 bn kms in 2011). Similar data for 1990-2011 (reproduced from Department for Transport data) can be found in the table below.

Road traffic data published today: http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/road-traffic-estimates-2011

Road casualty data published today: http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/reported-road-casualties-gb-main-results-2011/

Latest data on cycle usage in London can be found on p. 10 of the quarterly report of TfL’s Operational and Financial Performance and Investment Programme issued in advance of a board meeting held this week: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/Part-1-Item06-Ops-Fin-Invest-Prog-Q4-2011-12.pdf

Share this article

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Carol McKinley (Acting)
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

Terms and Conditions