Improve our roads to reduce the number of cycling accidents
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The new Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, yesterday vowed to make Britain’s roads safer for cyclists in a direct response to a public letter signed by over 40 MPs urging the government to do more to improve cycle safety in the UK.
This comes as figures revealed that 2011 was the third consecutive year where the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents has risen. In 2011 107 cyclist were killed and 3,085 were seriously injured, an increase of 16% from 2010.
The Department of Transports publication “Reported road casualties Great Britain: main results 2011” showed that the annual number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police has increased, by 3 per cent, from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 in 2011, the first increase since 2003. Additionally the number of people reported killed or seriously injured has also increased by 2 per cent to 25,023 from 24,510 in 2010 – the first annual increase since 1994. Read the full report here.
These figures demonstrate how important road safety is for both drivers and cyclists. The government has pledged £30million to improving road junctions across the country as these are the areas where more cyclists are at risk than anywhere else. As more and more people get on their bikes it is important not only that drivers are more aware of cyclists using the roads but also that cyclists are provided with the proper training.
The importance of cyclists safety is highlighted in the Cities fit for Cycling campaign by the Times newspaper, launched earlier this year in response to one of their reporters, Mary Bowers, being injured in a road traffic accident in November 2011.
In his speech, Patrick McLouhglin stated ““This was the summer that Britain got cycling. The number of cyclists is soaring. But the number of accidents has gone up too. We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to build safety into our roads for everyone,”
In the personal injury department at Pannone solicitors we are aware of how devastating the consequences can be of road traffic accidents and support any measure that will go towards improving road safety and reducing accident numbers for all road users.
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