Action needed not words after road casualty statistics published

Every single death of a cyclist is one too many

Action needed not words after road casualty statistics published

The Department for Transport has released new figures today that show vulnerable road users, including cyclists, account for 'disproportionately more casualties than would be expected' in spite of 45% fewer fatalities in 2014 than a decade earlier.

Today's latest government figures show that road fatalities are seven times lower for cyclists than for car occupants, and 4 times lower than for pedestrians.

The latest report on Road Casualties in Great Britain provides the number of personal injury road traffic accidents in Great Britain that were reported to the police during 2014.

While the overall picture does appear relatively positive for cycling, the 2014 figures do also indicate a slight rise of 4% in fatalities and an 8% increase in serious injuries compared with 2013 figures.

In reaction to this latest report, Campaigns and Policy Director, Roger Geffen, MBE, said "Every single death of a cyclist is one too many, the Government needs to stick to the £10 per head of funding they have promised today and we need to have proper nationally designated design standards to improve cycling safety on all our roads. CTC has been lobbying and campaigning on this issue for over a century, progress has been made, but there is much, much more the Government, local councils and motorists can do now to make sure next year the figures show a safer story." 

CTC has been lobbying and campaigning on this issue for over a century, progress has been made, but there is much, much more the Government, local councils and motorists can do now to make sure next year the figures show a safer story." 

Roger Geffen, MBE, CTC Campaigns and Policy Director 

The report comes on the same day that Cycling and Walking Minister, Robert goodwill MP, spoke up of the importance of cycling as a significant investment opportunity, at the Cycle City Active City conference in Newcastle.

 

Infographic from Department for Transport's Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain Main Results.

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