ROAD SAFETY FIGURES – MORE MUST BE DONE TO SAVE CYCLISTS LIVES
Improvements in road casualty figures, issued by the Department of Transport (DfT) today, have been welcomed by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).
Provisional DfT figures confirm that numbers of people killed in road accidents between July and September 2011, fell to 500, a reduction of two per cent on the previous year. Road casualties fell to 55,105, down five per cent.
However, cyclists are the only road user type not to see a reduction in casualties. There were 5,466 cyclist casualties in the same period of 2010 rising slightly to 5,470 in 2011.
The long-term trend for cyclists is deeply worrying. Based on a comparison of the three quarters for both years, there has been a 17.5 per cent increase in cyclist casualties between 2007 and 2011
There were 12,373 cyclist casualties between January and September 2007, this rose to 14,540 for the same period of 2011.
IAM director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said: “It is extremely concerning that cyclists’ casualties are not reducing and this is something the government and local councils must act must act on. This will mean changes to road layouts, more cycle training and promoting better awareness among drivers.”