Cycle casualties revealed across the UK

A map released this month – marking the location of 19,000 collisions across Britain – shows how dangerous the roads can be for cyclists.

Police statistics have been used to plot every casualty that was reported to officers last year.

Zooming in to view each incident gives details about the date and time of the collision, the age and gender of the cyclist involved and the extent of their injuries.

The map shows a cluster of incidents in urban areas, where 80 per cent of the population lives and 68 per cent of cycling occurs.

In the Birmingham area, throughways where there were a particularly high number of casualties include the Stratford Road and the Dartmouth Middleway.

But despite the temptation to pick out blackspots, the cycle charity, CTC, said that it would take several years’ worth of information to build up a true picture of the risks that riders face.

“We’d therefore urge caution before saying that such a location is ‘more dangerous’ than another, as it may very well be that the most dangerous locations have low levels of cycle casualties because most people wouldn’t ever dream of cycling there to begin with,” said a spokesman.

“However, every casualty represents a failure – a failure to create infrastructure which is inherently safe, and, in many cases, a failure to adequately protect the public by enforcing road traffic law and keeping recidivist bad drivers off the streets.”

The CTC believes that the number of cyclists being killed or seriously injured on the road could be reduced through the Space for Cycling initiative.

This calls on councils to make proper provision for bikes, such as reducing the speed limit on busy roads and improving the layout of town centres.

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