Cycling: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on (a) the number of pedal cyclist casualties attributable to the opening of a vehicle door in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011 and (b) the severity of the injuries received in each case.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The numbers of pedal cyclists injured, by severity, in reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain, as a result of hitting an open door of a vehicle, or as a result of a vehicle door being opened or closed negligently (e.g. injured due to evasive action), for the last three years are:

Casualties
Severity 2009 2010 2011
Killed 0 1 1
Serious 55 77 92
Slight 413 449 501

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