Pedal Cyclists

Pedal Cyclists

Key Facts:

  • In GB in 2016, pedal cyclist casualties made up 10 per cent of all road user casualties. KSI casualties had risen by 5 per cent from the 2011-15 average (from 3,316 to 3,491). Between 2013 - 2014 pedal cycle traffic had increased by 10 percent, but between 2014 - 2015 pedal cycle traffic fell by 6%. (RRCGB, DfT, 2017)

  • In GB in 2016, there were 102 cyclist fatalities. This is a reduction from an average of 109 in the period 2011-15. In 2014 there were 113 fatalities and in 2015 there were 100. Note that fluctuations between years are expected when the numbers are low and should be interpreted with caution. (RRCGB, DfT, 2017)

  • The most important barriers to cycling relate to other road users’ behaviour, volume and speed.

  • Research provides evidence in favour of the idea that when levels of cycling increase it becomes safer.

  • There is evidence to suggest that the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks.

  • Infrastructure has a role to play in improving the culture of road sharing alongside other interventions.

  • As junctions are particularly associated with cyclist collisions, interventions at junctions should be a high priority.

  • There is strong evidence that reducing the general speed of motorised traffic provides a safety benefit for cyclists.

  • There is little UK evidence that marked cycle lanes provide a safety benefit. Providing segregated networks may reduce risk to cyclists in general although evidence suggests that the points at which segregated networks intersect with highways offer heightened risk.

  • A study concluded if cycle helmets had been worn, a proportion of 7 per cent of head injury cases in a hospital dataset may not have required hospital treatment and 10-16 per cent of fatalities in a police dataset may have been prevented.


  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:20 AM
  • Last Update: 11 Jan 2018, 05:06 PM