KSI rate for cyclists in Oxford doubles in a decade

Injured cyclists plead for more to be done to protect riders

by Sarah Barth   September 15, 2012  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

Cycle deaths and injuries in Oxford have double in the last ten years, leading survivors of crashes to beg for more safety measures.

In the city famously associated with the bicycle, 58 people were killed or seriously injured last year, compared to 27 in 2001.

The more than 100 per cent rise in incident rates is in stark contrast to the national average, which is actually down 23 per cent in the last decade.

Lisa Harker, who lost her unborn baby after she was hit by an 18-tonne lorry at the junction of Botley Road and Roger Dudman Way in 2004, told the Oxford Times:

“I think it is a real shame that Oxford has such high levels of serious incidents and deaths.

“We are a cycling city and we ought to be proud of our cycle safety.

“The thing that most devastated me after my accident was finding out someone else had been killed in the same spot in the same circumstances and nothing had been done.”

In 2009, some parts of Oxford were made 20mph zones, but police only began enforcing them this year.

One of the more recent incidents involved a cement mixer that ran over a woman cyclist. Stephen Bateman, 74, was convicted of careless driving and will be sentenced next year.

East Oxford Green Party county councillor Larry Sanders, of the Green Party, said: “We certainly know that some of the most terrible accidents have involved large construction vehicles that are difficult to manoeuvre, operating in areas where there is a high concentration of cyclists.”

Deputy council leader Rodney Rose said that the figures might reflect greater numbers of cyclists on the roads.

He said: “We know where the problems are. All we need is the funding to put it right.

“There has been an big uptake in cycling. When you get more cyclists, you possibly get more accidents.”

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I am not surprised by this statistic. I recently moved back to Oxford, having previously grown up in the area, only to find it filled with the kind of irredeemable twats that previously were confined to London. Oxford has always had arrogant young toffs (many of those that strutted about the place in my day now sadly "run" the country.) As obnoxious and self-absorbed as these were, and still are, at least they were relatively small in number, and largely only caused accidents on the river. But now, with all the money sloshing around the place, everyone seems to think they are equally entitled: to barge people off the narrow pavements rather than pause in their conversations, to ride through red lights during rush hour on fixie bikes with no brakes, to speed along the narrow roads in cars twice as powerful and a good half meter wider than they were a decade or two ago, to reverse lorries with no care for those around them, and to block cycle lanes with construction rubble and badly-parked vans while building gaudy, awful, opulent residences, or offices for despicable marketing or management consultancy firms.

posted by handlebarcam [531 posts]
15th September 2012 - 16:15

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