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’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.