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CTC says rate of deaths among cyclists not falling quickly enough as DfT releases casualty stats

Cycling much safer than it was two decades ago, but more needs to be done to improve rider safety says national body

The number of cyclists killed on Britain's roads rose in 2010 after declining in each of the previous four years, according to latest casualty statistics published today by the Department for Transport. While there was also a rise in the rate of fatalities per billion kilometres travelled, the long-term trend according to an analysis of the data by CTC shows that cycling is still much safer than it was 20 years ago, but the national cyclists' organisation insists that the rate of casualties is not coming down quickly enough.

CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen commented: “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.”

Total distance ridden in 2010 was 5 billion kilometres and registered a slight increase over the preceding year to reach its highest level since 1991. In London alone, there was a 15 per cent increase in levels of cycling during 2010, outpacing cycling injuries in the capital which rose by 9% over the previous year.

The latest road casualty statistics from the Department for Transport can be found here.

Year   kms cycled (billion)  Deaths   Deaths per billion km  

1990          5.3             256             48.3 
1991          5.2             242             46.8 
1992          4.7             204             43.1 
1993          4.0             186             46.4 
1994          4.0             172             42.8 
1995          4.1             213             51.4 
1996          4.1             203             49.8 
1997          4.1             183             44.8 
1998          4.0             158             40.0 
1999          4.1             172             42.2 
2000          4.2             127             30.5 
2001          4.2             138             32.6 
2002          4.4             130             29.4 
2003          4.5             114             25.3 
2004          4.2             134             31.8 
2005          4.4             148             33.4 
2006          4.6             146             31.7 
2007          4.2             136             32.4 
2008          4.7             115             24.5 
2009          5.0             104             20.8 
2010          5.0             111             22.2 

Source: CTC/Department for Transport 


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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