Cycling: West Midlands

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th March 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries of cyclists that were attributable to poorly-maintained local roads in the West Midlands in each year since 2008.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The number of reported killed and serious injuries (KSIs) of cyclists that were attributable to poorly-maintained local roads in the West Midlands region during the years 2008 to 2016 was 21.

The number of deaths and serious injuries of cyclists per year on local roads in England has been published in a previous answer to the Hon Member for Leeds North West (Fabian Hamilton MP) on 26 March, UIN 133335.

It should be noted that contributory factors assigned by police officers do not assign blame for the accident to any specific road user. However, they do provide some insight into why and how road accidents occur. They give an indication of which factors the attending officer thought contributed to the accident. Officers do not need to carry out a full investigation of the incident before identifying contributory factors; they usually use professional judgement about what they can see at the scene.

This data includes only casualties where a police officer attended the scene and in which at least one contributory factor was reported. In the years 2008 to 2016, this related to 72% of reported accidents that took place on local roads in the West Midlands. Each accident may have multiple contributory factors attributed to them.

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