This morning the Department for Transport released the Reported road casualties in Great Britain: provisional estimates Q3 2014
- There were 3,500 pedal cyclist KSI casualties in the year ending September 2014, an increase of 8 per cent compared with the previous year.
- There was a 4% increase in fatal or serious accidents on roads with a speed limit up to and including 40mph.
Claire Francis, Head of Policy for Sustrans commented:
“The rise in cyclists’ casualties underlines the urgent need to make our roads safer.’
“Fatal or serious accidents in built-up areas are getting worse, with a 4% increase on last year. This supports how critically important 20mph is within urban settings.’
“We need the right environment for safe cycling and the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy for England voted into the Infrastructure Bill is vital to make this happen.’
"The Government will have to spell out long-term ambition and funding in order to make this a reality and make it safe for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle for local everyday journeys”