Cycle casualties not falling fast enough say CTC

 

CTC - the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation - is concerned that cyclist casualties do not appear to be dropping, even though the number of cycling trips remains similar to that seen in 2009. The severe winter months of January, February, November and December may have limited the increase in cycling overall, while causing a substantial reduction in motor traffic.

 

Cycling in town

 

CTC’s Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, said: “Despite months of ice and snow in 2010, cycling is still growing. However, casualties remain high, and there are many areas where Britain is falling farther behind our European counterparts in providing for cycling. We still have only a tiny fraction of our residential streets covered by 20mph while hostile roads, bad driving, and weak law enforcement remain serious barriers to getting more people cycling.”

 

The facts are:

  • Cycle use in 2010 was 5 billion kms, a little higher than 2009, taking it to its highest level for 20 years. The likelihood of being killed while cycling is 54% lower than it was in 1990.
  • Similar figures have also been published for the capital, where in 2010 cycling increased by 15%. Injuries in London rose by 9% but remain 18% lower than in the mid-1990s

 

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