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Government to investigate rise in cycling deaths

4th February 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The government has been urged to investigate the causes of a rise in cycling deaths and injuries in the past year.

According to new figures released by Whitehall, there was a three per cent rise in casualties in the 12 months running up to September 2010.

This amounts to 17,430 injuries over the 12-month period.

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety said while overall road safety had improved, the worrying rate of cycling injuries is a major cause for concern.

Chris Peck, policy officer at cycling organisation CTC, said: "While the increase in cycle casualties might look worrying, the risk to each individual may still be lower than before, when you consider the increase in the number of cyclists."

He added: "But since neither pedestrian nor cyclist casualties are falling as fast as motorist casualties, we need to do more to tackle bad driving and improve conditions for the road users outside cars."

During the recent wintry weather, the Western Mail urged cyclists to heed warning signs pointing out the dangers of frozen ponds and lakes.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800386668-ADNFCR


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