Cy­cling in­juries on rise by 10%

Ac­tiv­ity grown in pop­u­lar­ity since 2010

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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