DfT releases cycling accident statistics

Dept for Transport figures show a 19% increase in killed and seriously
injured cyclists in the second quarter of 2009
, compared to the same
period in 2008. However, as the Government has acknowledged, cycling is
increasing significantly with a 12% increase from 2007 to 2008 alone.

ctc.jpegCTC’s Safety in Numbers campaign suggests that in places where cycling levels are higher the risk from cycling tends to be lower – the CTC therefore expects the increase in casualties in the second quarter of 2009 is probably a consequence of there being much more cycling. Nevertheless, much more needs to be done to improve the safety of cycling – especially by reducing speed limits and improving both driver and cycle training. For more information read quotes from CTC’s Chris Peck in the Times.

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