Cycling: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 16 October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of cyclists killed in a road traffic collision were not wearing a safety helmet.

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

The table below provides figures for 2017 for Great Britain on the number of pedal cyclist fatalities who were wearing a helmet, not wearing a helmet, and where helmet status was not known. This table shows that more than a half (58%) of pedal cyclist fatalities with helmet status known were not wearing one. These statistics do not show whether the helmet was worn correctly, when worn.

Number and proportion of pedal cyclist fatalities by helmet worn, Great Britain: 2017

Number of pedal cyclist fatalities

Helmet worn1

Helmet not worn

Not known2

Proportion of cyclist fatalities not wearing a helmet where known





1. These statistics do not indicate whether the helmet was worn correctly when worn.

2. Includes pedal cycle fatalities for police forces which did not provide any data on helmet worn or not worn for their pedal cyclist fatalities in 2017. In 2017, there were 27 police forces providing data on whether helmet was worn for reported pedal cyclist fatalities.

Source: DfT STATS19

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