Reduced traffic policing may be partly behind the rise in casualties
Reduced traffic policing may be partly behind the rise in casualties

Cycle casualties increase sharply in 2011

Figures released today from the Government show that cycle use increased very slightly in 2011, however, the numbers of serious injuries rose markedly. CTC is calling on Government to do more to improve safety.

Cycle casualties increased sharply in 2011 compared to the previous year, while deaths and serious injuries also rose for many other road users.

This is now the fifth year in a row that cycle serious injuries have risen, and while cycle use has also increased, the risk of injury has not improved over that period.

Serious injuries to cyclists rose in 16% in 2011, from 2,660 to 3,085. Overall cycle casualties rose by 12%, to 19,215.

There were also increases in all other road casualties, including a startling increase in pedestrian fatalities of 12%, a 10% increase in motorcycle serious injuries and a 6% bump in car occupant deaths.

Britain’s cycle safety record is falling even further behind other north European countries which have far higher levels of cycle use.  We still have only a tiny fraction of our residential streets covered by 20 mph schemes, while hostile roads, bad driving, and weak law enforcement remain serious barriers to getting more people cycling.”

Roger Geffen, Campaigns Director, CTC

CTC has suggested that cuts to traffic policing and signals from the Government that road safety isn't a priority may be partly to blame.

CTC’s Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, said : “We may now be seeing the results of the Government’s previous ‘ending the war on the motorist’ rhetoric, suggesting that road safety wasn’t a priority. Ministers now need to reassert the importance of creating safe and attractive cycling conditions, promoting safe driving and tackling the threats posed by lorries. Creating safe conditions for existing and would-be cyclists is important not just for our health and the environment, but for the safety of other road users too.”

Relevant data tables can be found below.

Chris Peck