Safety in numbers, says Cyclists Touring Club
7.05.09 by Buffalo Bill
London has seen a 91% increase in cycling since 2000 and a 33% fall in cycle casualties since 1994-98. This means that cycling in the capital is 2.9 times safer than it was previously. The Netherlands has witnessed a 45% increase in cycling from 1980-2005 and a 58% decrease in cyclist fatalities.
There’s also this graph, and some more details in the press release. In a longer Guardian article on the item, Hans Voerknecht from Holland’s Fiets Beraad, or bicycle council, also points out that only a tiny minority of Dutch cyclists wear helmets.
Looking at the graph, it’s worth noting that France, home of the Tour, the Etape and numerous other big cycle sport events, has the same miles/person cycled, and a higher collision rate than the UK. This might be because there are the same number of cars in the UK, but 5 times the length of roads, which might mean that average vehicle speeds are higher, which would naturally lead to greater collision rates. But that’s speculation.
So anyway, next time you are cursing all the commuters on the Clerkenwell Road, you might want to thank them for making the roads safer instead.
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