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Home > News > Cycling on the increase due to financial pressures

26th January 2009

Cycling on the increase due to financial pressures

The UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) has confirmed that numbers of cyclists has been rising dramatically over the last few months as people try to economise on their transport costs during these difficult times. They add that London has seen a 91% increase in cyclists since 2000.

However, they have strongly refuted claims by a leading insurance company that this has resulted in an increase in cycling accidents.

Cycling casualty figures from the Department for Transport

According to provisional figures recently published by the Department for Transport (dft), during the second quarter of 2008 (April to June 2008) the number of cycling casualties were down slightly on the same period in the previous year. Last years figures were 4,480 compared to 4,498 in the previous year’s second quarter. (see table).

Road Casualties by class of road user: 1998 - 2008: GB (abridged)
Figures published by dft

Year Qtr Pedal cyclist casualties 12-month total % change in 12-month totals % change from 1994-98 average
1994-98 Avg   24,023      
2006 Q1
3,004
  Q2 4,274
  Q3 5,179


16,585
  Q4 3,739
 
2007 Q1 3,169
  Q2 4,498
  Q3 4,706


16,208
  Q4 3,822
 
2008 Q1 3,200
  Q2 4,480 -2% -33%

In the 12 months up to the end of June 2008, the dft reports provisional figures for cycling casualties of 16,208, a 2% reduction in the number for the previous 12-month period and a 33% decrease on the annual yearly average for 1994-1998, which was 24,023.

Increased cycling accidents claim

The CTC has confirmed that London has seen a 91% increase in cycling since 2000 but since this corresponds with the same period showing a 33% decrease in cycling accidents, this does not support the claim that more inexperienced cyclists means more cycling accidents.

National Cycle Network encourages cycling

Sustrans, the co-ordinator of the National Cycle Network, now offers over 12,000 miles of walking and cycle routes on traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads. They claim that 75% of the UK population now lives within two miles of a designated traffic-free route.

Sustrans is also urging local authorities (excluding London) to apply for funding from the £17 million that has been set aside by the Transport Minister Paul Clark in a scheme called “Link to Schools”. The aim is to encourage as many children as possible to bike or walk to school in a safe environment. As well as cutting congestion and improving air quality, this will have a positive effect on the health and fitness of our children.

There are already many successful schemes under way for children and adults and you can find out more about schemes in your area by visiting the Sustrans website at http://www.sustrans.org.uk

Cycling accident compensation claims

If you are, however, unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident, Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of traffic accidents, including those involving cyclists. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident claim. Our advisers will be happy to talk to you, in plain English, through the claims process, provide you with expert legal advice and to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in any type of cycling or other road traffic accident, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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