It is a subject that has graced the UK news stands on and off over the past months, but it would appear that the UK roads are not getting any safer for cyclists. The past four decades have seen a huge increase in safety features being installed on our roads, From cycle paths and speed signs to helmets, and of course there is the advancements in bikes. Yet, the UK injury and death toll for cyclists doesn’t seem to be falling. In fact, it has risen for the eighth year in a row.
Granted, there are more cyclists on the roads these days than ever before. Many people have chosen to change from driving their car to work, to cycling. We are far more conscious of our health nowadays, and cycling is a great way to improve this. It can also be a quicker way of getting around, especially during rush hour.
It would probably make sense to know that around 80% of cycling injuries happen to men. Men who to live in towns and cities. And the most likely place for an accident is at a junction. So what is the reason for this? Is it lack of cycling awareness, lack of safety, poor roads, bad drivers, or a combination?
The damage to the UK roads caused by the tough weather conditions has certainly had an impact. Pot holes are a major danger to cyclists, and motorists too. Improvements to the UK roads could definitely reduce the amount of accidents that occur. An issue that has already been taken up with the government and local councils.
With many people returning to cycling after a long time, or deciding that this is their preferred method of transport, there are a lot of unconfident riders. When you’re younger you tend to cycle closer to the kerb, but it is actually better for cyclists to cycle about a metre away from the side of the pavement. This is because a driver will tend to give you even more space and if not, then you still have room on the other side of you to manoeuvre.
If you are new to cycling, or have come back after a long break then it may be worth having some training.
The THINK! CYCLIST campaign is doing a great job of making people aware of cyclists and how collisions can be avoided. Education is key here, to give cyclists confidence and to remind drivers to look out for cyclists.
According to the Department for Transport, in 2012 around 10% of adults in England cycled around once a week, 3% cycled at least five times in one week. There are a lot of cyclists on the roads, and the cycling accident statistics are far too high. There needs to be more done to prevent accidents occurring, and it would seem that education and awareness are amongst some of the best ways of doing this.
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