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More than a dozen cyclists have been killed on Britain’s roads so far this month and campaigners warn that the death toll may top 120 for the first time since 2007, exceeding the 107 cycling fatalities of 2011.
UK’s Poor Cycling Safety Record
Britain has the fifth worst record in Europe for reducing cycling fatalities between 2001 and 2010, according to the European Transport Safety Council. This record will only worsen if UK cycling deaths continue to rise.
The casualty rate already this month makes September the joint deadliest month with July, with the majority of victims being cycling commuters or children playing on their bikes. According to research by The Times, of the 87 cyclists killed so far this year, five were aged 12 or under and 19 teenagers.
Safety Measures for popular Cycling
The Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow, who is President of the Cyclists’ Touring Club, said that despite the growing popularity of urban cycling there had not been an equivalent growth in provision for safe cycling,
“And until this happens it seems to me the death toll is bound to rise,” he said. “If we can score such success on the Olympic and Paralympic track, why can we not adapt roadways for safe cycling?”
The newly appointed road safety minister, Stephen Hammond, described cycling safety as a “top priority” and said that £30m had been made available to tackle dangerous junctions, along with measures to facilitate 20mph zones.
Head Injury UK: Brain and Serious Injury Claim Experts
In a year which saw the Tour de France triumph of Bradley Wiggins and the medals of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Head Injury UK welcomes any measure which reduces the number of cyclists killed, or who suffer a traumatic brain injury (also known as tbi) or other serious injury on our roads. Whilst many cyclists use helmets, they provide limited protection in serious accidents, so other safety measures needed urgently.
Our specialist lawyers are experienced in helping the victims of cycling accidents gain the rehabilitation and compensation they deserve. So if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury or other serious injury, or lost a loved one in a cycling accident, contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.
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