Through our local network we got word that two cycling friends had been involved in separate “road traffic incidents” this weekend whilst riding. Fortunately neither person suffered serious injury but it did get us thinking about the dangers we all face when riding on the public highway and what advice is available to reduce the risks.
First off, a little bit of Googling revealed the following, rather disconcerting, facts:-
In 2011, 19215 cyclists were injured or killed on British roads. The fatalities were for that year were around 1 every three days! Serious injuries were occurring at the rate of 10 a day!
One fifth of those seriously injured or killed were children. 75% of all accidents occur at or near a road junction and 80% occur in daylight.
“Collisions Involving Cyclists on Britain’s Roads: Establishing the Causes”, TRL Report PPR 445, 2009
“Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2011”, Department for Transport, 2012
Considering this data we thought it might be worth sharing a few links that provide advice on safer cycling.
The first is a government website aimed at helping children learn to be safer on their bikes, with interactive content, including loads of games and some easily understood advice:
This next website is part of the NHS’ online advice and covers some useful tips for adults riding on Britain’s roads:
Sustrans also have some great advice for helping to turn your kids into safe cyclists:
If you’d like any advice on bike safety clothing, helmets etc. then please do pop in to The Cycle Centre and have a chat with one of our team.
If you are involved in an incident whilst on your bike, we do recommend that you report it to police if there’s a criminal act involved (like a speeding motorist or someone driving without due care and attention). Alternatively, you can get in touch with Newcastle council’s Cycling Office Anne Clark on 0191 2778907 or at email@example.com