80% accidents occur in daylight. 17,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents each year.
About 20% of the cyclists killed and injured are children. But the UK is actually amongst the safest countries in Europe for a child to ride a bike.
Cycling can burn around 600 calories an hour.
Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas.
Around 50% of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads.
16% of casualties are hit and run.
75% of accidents happen at or near a road junction.
The health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by around 20:1
Vehicles responsible for 103 cyclists deaths. Why can’t we all just get along?
You can cycle up to 1037km on the energy equivalent of a single litre of petrol.
Cycling too near to hte curb makes you vulnerable to drain covers, pedesrians stepping out into the raod and vehicles overtaking too closely.
Cycling away from the curb will encourage following vehicles to be more considerate when overtaking.
- Helmets – provide protection to your head in low-impact crashes.
- Sunglasses – wearing sport sunglasses can stop dust and insect from getting in your eyes.
- Lights – Illuminate the road ahead and make you visible to other road users.
- Clothing Wear – bright reflective clothing so others can see you.
- Reflectors – Front and rear reflectors reflect light to alert other road users to your prescence.
- Gloves – Padded gloves will protect your hands.
The government are making small steps towards making cycling safer for all, but more needs to be done. Local campaigners are currently calling for a better relationship between cyclists and motorists as well as improvement to legislation to protect those on bikes. You can find out more ifnormation on safety on the roads and how to get hte most out of cycling at ctc.org.uk, the national cycling charity.
This infographic is by Osbornes Solicitors LLP