The dangers faced by cyclists on London’s roads are highlighted in a new study.
Police figures show that in Greater London between 2009 and 2013 there were almost 23,000 reported road accidents involving cyclists.
The figures includes 80 fatalities and many more injuries, with the total equating to more than a dozen cycle accidents each and every day on roads inside the area circled by the M25.
Aviva studied the police figures, which include a list of London’s worst accident blackspots for cyclists.
This list is topped by South London’s Elephant and Castle roundabout which saw 80 accidents involving cyclists between 2009 and 2013.
Police received reports of or attended 46 cycle accidents in Trafalgar Square during the same period, and 45 at the capital’s Waterloo Road roundabout.
The study also shows that of all the insurance claims handled following serious accidents involving cyclists across the UK in 2013, one in three related to accidents where a bike was being ridden without lights after dark.
Only half the women and 70% of the men involved in those cycle accidents were wearing a safety helmet at the time, the analysis shows. High visibility clothing was being worn by 44% of the women involved in serious cycling accidents and 34% of the men.
Almost two-thirds (64%) of the accidents, meanwhile, involved people cycling to or from work with a third of claimants being men aged in their 40s.
More than a third (37%) of the accidents generating claims of over £125,000 involved vans while almost as many (35%) involved lorries.
The lives of four cyclists have already been lost in London so far this year with all the accidents having involved collisions with lorries.
They include a 30-year-old mother-of-two who died after her bike was involved in a collision with a truck near Victoria underground station.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: February 26, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown