Published: 27 June 2013
Report: British Cycling
Road casualty figures for 2012 - released today by the Department for Transport - show a ‘disturbing’ increase in the number of cyclists being killed on Britain’s roads, British Cycling said today.
The figures show that the overall number of people killed in road accidents has fallen by 8%, but the number of cyclists killed has risen by 10% from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012.
In addition, the number of cyclists seriously injured rose 4% to 3,222, making it the eighth successive year that this figure has increased.
British Cycling’s Director of Legal and Policy Affairs, Martin Gibbs, said:
“It is very disturbing that there has been a 10% increase in cycling deaths and a 4% increase in cycling injuries over the last year. Although the number of people cycling is increasing, the number of casualties is increasing at an even faster rate.
"These statistics show that we rapidly need to improve conditions on the road. If the government is serious about getting Britain cycling we need to ensure that cycling is built in to all new road developments and junctions.”