Cycle crashes and who is affected

cycle4life_9This page aims to give you some information about cyclist casualties in Britain. Statistics can be interpreted in different ways. We aim to simply give you some facts. You may want to do your own research on cycling casualties and their trends in your region. If so, contact your local authority or police force to see if they can provide you with more data.

  • In a crash cyclists are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the advantage of a vehicle’s protective cage. A cyclist is eight times more likely to be killed than a car driver per km travelled (3.2 cyclists die per 100m km, compared to 0.4 drivers).
  • More than 16,000 cyclists are hurt or killed every year in Britain. That’s 44 casualties a day, or nearly two every hour. Nearly 1 in 4 (22%) of these casualties are children.
  • In 2007 (latest year of available statistics), 136 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads - one every two and a half days.
  • An additional 2,428 were seriously injured, a definition which includes brain injuries and paralysis as well as broken bones. That’s almost seven cyclists seriously injured every day.
  • A further 13,631 cyclists suffered slight injuries.
  • More than a quarter of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured are under 20 (27%).
  • Most cyclist casualties are males. In 2007, 2,090 males were killed or seriously injured on bicycles, compared with 474 females, a ratio of four males to one female.
  • The number of cyclist deaths has increased over the past few years - from a low of 114 in 2003, to 136 in 2007.
  • Most cycling crashes occur in urban areas at, or near, a road junction. 84% of cycling crashes occur in urban areas and 73% happen at, or near, a road junction.
  • The above data is taken from Road Casualties Great Britain 2007, a Department for Transport publication in 2008 (tables 6a, 6b, 9 and 30a).

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