The number of people who cycle around London has almost doubled since 1994 thanks to a boom in the population of cycling and a shift towards healthier living. While a growing number of cyclists is good news for the environment, cyclists are statistically more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than car, HGV and van drivers. In 2013, figures show that 14 cyclists were killed and 475 were seriously injured on London’s roads.
Camden Town station and other cycle blackspots
London is one of the most dangerous places to cycle in the UK due to the volume of traffic circulating through the city. Research shows that Elephant and Castle roundabout is the most hazardous cycle spot in the capital, but there are many other black spots for cyclists to be wary of, including Camden Town station. Camden is a fairly safe place for cyclists, but the roads outside the underground station are incredibly dangerous thanks to heavy traffic, a one-way system and a lack of space for pedestrians, which means that crowds waiting to cross the road often overspill into the carriageway.
Avoiding cycle accidents in London
Most cycle accidents in London occur when bikes collide with other vehicles; cyclists in London have taxis, cars, vans, HGVs and buses to contend with and they often come out worst when collisions on the road occur. Statistics from the Department of Transport show that most bike accidents occur as a result of human error on the part of the driver of another vehicle; the most common cause cited is failure to look. Due to the comparative diminutive size of the bike, cyclists can be difficult to spot, especially if they enter the driver’s blind spot.
In order to reduce the risk of accidents on the roads, cyclists should always wear high visibility clothing, pay attention to the routes, use cycle paths when available and signal well in advance of junctions. Cyclists should also wear helmets and protective clothing at all times to reduce the risk of crash injuries.
Safety tips for drivers
If you’re driving in London, here are some tips to help you avoid a crash with a bike:
- always check your mirrors and your blind spot before moving off
- take extra care at roundabouts, crossroads and junctions
- always look before opening your car door
- give cyclists room and time
- pay attention to the speed limits
Claiming for a cycle accident
If you’ve been hit by a car or you were involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for expert no-win no-fee** advice about making a cycle accident claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice