Cycling: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2017.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of road accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians has increased by almost 50 per cent between 2009 and 2015; what assessment they have made of the difficulty of identifying the cyclists who infringe the rules for cyclists; and what consideration they are giving to introducing measures to improve the identification of cyclists.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The number of road accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians has increased by 51.3 per cent between 2009 and 2015. In 2009 the number of pedestrians hit by a cyclist was 275 compared to 416 in 2015. The Department has made no recent assessment of the difficulties of identifying cyclists; the police consider they have sufficient powers to investigate if they are unsure of a person’s identity. The Cycle Safety Review was announced on 21 September 2017. Phase 1 of the review will consider the case for a new offence for cyclists akin to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving.

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