Cycling injuries on rise by 10%
Activity grown in popularity since 2010
THE increasing popularity of cycling since 2010 has also seen a rise in injuries among middle aged male cyclists in Bucks.
The number of cyclists injured on the roads in Buckinghamshire has gone up by more than 10 per cent in the past four years.
According to road accident statistics from the Department for Transport, 227 cyclists were hurt on Buckinghamshire’s roads in 2012 and 2013, the latest two years for which figures are available.
This is an increase of 12.9 per cent, compared to the 201 cyclists who were hurt in the years 2010 and 2011.
In the vast majority of cases the injuries were not serious. However, of the 227 cyclists hurt in traffic accidents in 2012 and 2013, 44 were seriously injured or killed. This is a 42 per cent increase compared to the figure for 2010 and 2011.
One reason for the increase is that more people are cycling these days due to the popularity of athletes such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Tellingly, the number of middle aged men who are injured while cycling has shot up by more than a fifth in Bucks since 2010, with 74 out of the 227 cyclists injured in 2012 and 2013 male and aged between 36 and 55.
This is a 23 per cent increase on the 60 injured in 2010 and 2011, making middle-aged male cyclists the group getting injured the most on Bucks’ roads.
Fiona Wilson, from the Beaconsfield Cycle Path Action Group, thinks the figures highlight the need to keep cyclists separate from traffic.
She said: “It indicates that cyclists on Bucks roads are not being protected.
“Even the 201 cyclists before the 10 per cent increase is a high number, and 227 is an incredible amount.
“We need good cycle lanes to separate cyclists from the cars.
“At the moment Bucks isn’t supporting its cyclists.
“One thing we’re trying to do is move cycling paths off-road so cyclists don’t conflict with cars.
“Part of the answer is to keep cyclists off the road as much as possible.”