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Number Of Cycling Injuries In Yorkshire Increases

People Injured Biking In The Region Jumps 56% In One Year


The number of people throughout Yorkshire who have been injured while cycling increased by 56% from 2013 to 2014, official statistics have revealed.

In North Yorkshire in particular, the number of incidents which killed or seriously injured cyclists totalled 66 in 2014, more than doubling in the past five years. There were only 32 recorded incidents in 2009.

The rise in popularity of cycling in the region, inspired partly by a surge of interest after the Tour De France passed through Yorkshire in 2014, means there are many more cyclists on the roads, and local authorities have had to increase efforts to keep cyclists safe.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: "There has been a steady rise in the number of cyclist casualties being reported in North Yorkshire over the past four years.

“It is possible the increase in the number of cyclist collisions on our roads is due to an increase in the number of people cycling on our roads, but as this is not measured but anecdotal we cannot currently make a statistical link.

He added that the council is working with cycling organisations, venues, clubs and cycle shops to help cyclists feel comfortable when enjoying the scenic routes offered by the county.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a cycling accident, you may be able to claim compensation. See our Road Traffic Accident Claims page for more information.

Expert Opinion
The rise in the number of cyclists injured in Yorkshire raise important safety concerns and it is important, as more and more people take up cycling, that more is done to improve road safety and cycling infrastructure in the region. In our work representing cyclists who have been injured in road collisions we have seen the long-lasting physical and emotional impact an injury can have.

“It is vital local authorities investigate the use of the measures designed to make cyclists feel safe using the roads alongside vehicles, such as low-level traffic lights and cyclist-friendly junctions. Those cycling on Yorkshire’s roads also need to ensure they are as visible as possible, particularly in the winter months, to try and reduce the number of accidents and injuries that result from road collisions.

“A thorough investigation needs to be carried out into the reasons behind the rise in cyclist injuries in Yorkshire and steps taken to ensure all road users take their responsibilities for their safety, and that of others, seriously.”
Cathryn Godfrey, Associate

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