Cycling: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of (a) men, (b) women and (c) child cyclists suffered (i) fatal and (ii) serious injuries in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The number of killed and seriously injured pedal cyclists in Great Britain who were male, female or a child (aged 0 to 15) in the years 2004 to 2013 is given in the tables. The proportion of killed and seriously injured pedal cyclists who were male, female or a child for each year is given.

Pedal cyclist fatalities by gender, selected age and severity: GB, 2004-13
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Male 107 131 122 112 97 83 85 85 109 90
Percentage share 80 89 84 82 84 80 77 79 92 83
                     
Female 27 17 24 24 18 21 26 22 9 19
Percentage share 20 11 16 18 16 20 23 21 8 17
                     
Child: 0-15 years 25 20 31 13 12 14 7 6 13 6
Percentage share 19 14 21 10 10 13 6 6 11 6
                     
All ages 134 148 146 136 115 104 111 107 118 109
Seriously injured pedal cyclists by gender, selected age and severity: GB, 2004-13
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Male 1,816 1,811 1,898 1,978 2,009 2,156 2,162 2,536 2,650 2.586
Percentage share 84 82 83, 81 82, 83 81 82, 82 82
                     
Female 358 399 398 450 441 450 498 549 572 557
Percentage share 16 18 17 19 18 r7 19, 18 18, 18,
                     
Child: 0-15 years 552 507 472 509 405 444 391 392 311 276
Percentage share 25 23 21 21 17, 77 15 13 10 9
                     
All ages 2,174 2,212 2,296 2,428 2,450 2,606 2,660 3,085 3,222 3,143

Data for 2014 will be available in June 2015.

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Andrew Avis
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 10:24 pm (Report this annotation)

First question to ask is what is defined as a serious injury?
I note that in 2011 there was a sharp rise in Serious Injuries, especially amongst male riders. Is this rise in numbers caused by the Olympic effect? In 2011 there was the Olympic trial. It would be interesting to see the geographical distribution of the injured (in the SE perhaps) and perhaps the cause of the injuries (falls or collisions with motor traffic).
From 2008 (with exception of 2012) there was a falling off in deaths of both sexes (but followed two year later by a rise in Serious injuries). Can anyone suggest why?
Interestingly it looks like that when mens KSI figures fall womens rise and vis-versa. Is this due to some sort of directed campaigning?
Finally I am surprised at how low the actual numbers are, considering the constant barrage of, what now has to be considered paranoid, comments that cyclists need to be protected.
The figures mean that every 3 days a cyclist dies. Compared to 9.5 motorists a day (That is the last figure I have to hand) So is it cycling that dangerous and is it cycling that is causing such a strain on the NHS. (The Hospital wards full of cyclists that we hear about) or is it the dear old motorcar?