Cycling: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th May 2021.

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Photo of Lord Mawson Lord Mawson Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect data on the percentage of cycling accidents that take place after dark where the cyclist does not have lights on their bicycles; and if so, how many such accidents took place in England's cities in the last 12 months.

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

Statistics on reported personal injury road accidents are compiled from data reported by the police in the STATS19 collection system.

STATS19 does not record whether a cyclist involved in an accident has lights on their bicycle, but does include contributory factors assigned by police officers which give an indication of which factors the attending officer thought contributed to the accident, without assigning blame.

In urban areas of England in 2019, the contributory factor ‘Not displaying lights at night or in poor visibility’ was assigned to a pedal cyclist in 134 personal injury road accidents. This represents 2% of such accidents where a police officer attended the scene and at least one contributory factor was reported.

Road safety statistics are reported on a calendar year basis. The latest annual published statistics are for 2019. Data on reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain for 2020 will be published in September 2021.

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