Despite safety concerns being the main obstacle for those considering cycling, research from Cycling UK suggests bicycle accidents are not nearly as prominent as public opinion suggests.
In fact, between 2012-2016, there were around 9.4 million cycle trips or 30 million miles travelled for every cyclist death, according to Cycling UK.
When looking at time vs injury, it turns out tennis and rowing are both more dangerous sports than cycling with 5 injuries for tennis and 6 injuries for rowing per 1,000 hours, as opposed to cycling’s 3.5.
Despite these facts, 59% of non-cyclists in Britain feel that it is too dangerous for them to cycle on the roads. (ATT Statistical Release, August 2017)
Cycling UK point to a variety of factors for the persistent attitude.
“Unfortunately, the behaviour and attitudes of some road users, sub-standard highway layout and motor traffic volume and speed all conspire to make cycling feel and look more dangerous than it actually is,” Cycling UK said.
Interestingly, when looking at fatalities per miles cycled, we have actually seen a decrease in rates between 2006 and 2016.
Cycle Accident Claims Solicitor Jan Canter, who manages a high volume of serious injury claims and is also a keen cyclist himself, believes more government support is needed.
“More government funding needs to be provided in order to protect vulnerable road users, who include motorcyclists and pedestrians as well as cyclists.
There are incredible health benefits that comes with cycling, not just for the cyclists themselves but also the environment…it’s important we put the hard work in now for future generations,” he said.
Although these statistics by Cycling UK suggest cycling is not as dangerous as the public may think, cycling accidents do happen.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to be injured, contact cycle accident solicitors Cycle Accident Claims Management immediately on 0800 093 6313 and we’ll organise for you to start your recovery as soon as possible.