Number of Birmingham cyclists killed or seriously injured at record high, according to latest stats
Government figures have revealed that 280 cyclists were injured on the roads of the second city in 2017, and one in five (58) were killed or seriously injured.
The highest total number of incidents records was in 2014, at 287 – but the number of serious incidents has steadily rose since 2013.
Speaking to The Birmingham Mail about a perceived rise in dangerous driving around cyclists, Joshua Harris of the Brake road safety charity said:
“Cycling is one of the healthiest and cheapest ways to get around and everyone should be able to cycle every day without fear for their own safety.
“Yet our research has found that even drivers think dangerous driving around cyclists has increased in recent years, and with 10 people cycling being killed or seriously injured every day, more is clearly needed to be done to keep those on two wheels safe.
“Whilst the government’s actions to encourage more people to cycle and keep them safe are welcome, they must go further.
“We need slower, safer speed limits, greater investment in segregated cycle lanes and drivers who do behave dangerously removed from our roads.
“Drivers themselves also have a role to play in keeping people cycling safe – with our research showing that they acknowledge the dangers they can pose to cyclists.”