The number of cyclists killed on Scotland’s roads fell by almost half last year, according to new official figures released by the Scottish Government.
According to the Key 2009 Reported Road Casualty Statistics, which has just been published by the Scottish Government, five cyclists were killed in Scotland last year, down from nine in 2008 but an increase of one on the four recorded a year earlier.
Just under one in five cyclist casualties, 156 in total, were designated as killed or seriously injured during 2009, a 4% drop on the previous year.
The figures do show, however, that there has been a rise in the total number of accidents involving cyclists, including those not resulting in death or serious injury, which rose by 10% last year to stand at 803.
Nevertheless, the data represent a vast improvement from the picture in the late 199os. Between 1994 and 1998, an annual average of 1,283 cyclists were injured in Scotland, with 249 of those classed as killed or seriously injured, 11 of them losing their lives.
As elsewhere in the UK, people in Scotland are being encouraged to become more active through undertaking forms of exercise such as cycling, so the fact that the number of people killed or seriously injured while cycling falling at a time when more people are taking to their bikes is welcome news.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.