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Government Urged to Act over new Casualty Figures

CTC Press release 30th June 2006

In response to new Department for Transport casualty statistics, CTC today urged the Government to adopt lower speed limits for urban and rural roads and more resources for roads policing. This will create a more attractive and safer environment for all road users and increase cycling, which is the most effective way of reducing road casualties.

In cities where cycling levels are very buoyant such as York and London, cycling is getting safer. Cycling in London has doubled in 5 years, and the numbers killed have dropped by almost 50% since the mid 90s.

Whilst the latest Department for Transport year on year figure for cyclist fatalities has risen by 14 (10% up from 2004), the overall number of casualties has fallen for the eighth year in a row and during the last year, the number of child cyclist fatalities has fallen by 20%.

CTC thinks that it is important not to take single years in isolation as fluctuations can happen when small numbers are concerned. Since the mid 90s the number of cyclists who have been killed or seriously injured has fallen by 37% - from 3,732 to 2,360 per year.

Kevin Mayne, Director of CTC said “We are reassured that the long term trend is falling casualty numbers but the Government must recognise that ‘safety in numbers’ works - the more cyclists that are using the roads, the safer cycling becomes. So they must keep promoting cycling as well as taking positive steps on safety”

This week Douglas Alexander, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a further £15 million to promote more and safer cycling to young people.