Cycling: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many cyclists have been (a) injured and (b) killed in road accidents in London in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009 and (iv) 2010 to date; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The number of pedal cyclists injured and killed in reported road accidents in London in 2007 and 2008 are shown in the following table. Data is not available yet for 2009 and 2010. Data for 2009 will be published in June 2010. Similarly, data for 2010 will be published in 2011.

Injured and killed pedal cyclist casualties in reported road accidents in London: 2007-08
Injured Killed All casualties
2007 2,955 15 2,970
2008 3,187 15 3,202

Although the overall number of reported pedal cycle casualties increased slightly in 2008, this is against a background of a general upward trend in cycling traffic.

Measures to make roads safer for cyclists include providing better infrastructure, funding cycle training, improved training and testing for motorists and encouraging cyclists to protect themselves, by making themselves conspicuous and by wearing a safety helmet.

Other initiatives such as anti drink/drug-drive and speeding campaigns, the provision of 20 mph zones and new measures on goods vehicles mirrors can also contribute to cyclist safety.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 1 Apr 2010 5:22 pm (Report this annotation)

Cycle helmets do not prevent road accidents, they just offer (minimal) protection from falling off a pedal cycle at speeds of up to 12 mph from a height of 1 metre (helmet specification) and they are not designed to protect the head if struck by a motor vehicle (the main cause of death and serious injury).