Cycling: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th January 2017.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of deaths and serious injuries of cyclists that were attributable to poorly maintained local roads in the last two years.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

There were 99 pedal cyclist KSIs (killed or seriously injured casualties) in reported road accidents allocated the contributory factor “Poor or Defective road surface” on local roads (for England) or all non-motorway roads (for Scotland and Wales) from 2014 to 2015. A local road has been defined as a road maintained by the local authority. The following table shows the totals for each of the separate years, by road class:

GB

A1

B

Other2

Total

2014

16

8

29

53

2015

11

5

30

46

Total

27

13

59

99

1 Includes A roads maintained by Transport Scotland and the Welsh Government.

2 Includes C and unclassified roads.

The contributory factors reflect the reporting officer’s opinion at the time of reporting and are not necessarily the result of extensive investigation. Moreover it is recognised that subsequent enquires could lead to the reporting officer changing their opinion. It is important to note where some factors may have contributed to a cause of an accident, it may be difficult for a police officer attending the scene after the accident has occurred to identify these factors. Only around 70-80 per cent of accidents a year are attended by police officers and have valid contributory factor information.

Figures for 2016 will be available from June 2017.

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