Cyclists are 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident on Britain’s roads than motorists, a new study has revealed.
Online PR News – 02-July-2010 – – Cyclists are 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident on Britain’s roads than motorists, a new study has revealed.
Researchers from the University of Surrey analysed English hospital admissions between 1999 and 2004, and found that on average, over 34,000 cyclists a year required hospital treatment for injuries sustained whilst out on the road.
Over twice as many drivers and passengers are injured in road accidents every year (just over 71,000) but as there are 40 times more car journeys made each year than bike rides, it was concluded that cycling is a lot more risky, per trip, than driving.
Writing in the medical journal Injury Prevention, Professor Mike Gill of the University of Surrey said: “Encouragement of walking and cycling needs to be accompanied by serious efforts to ensure that safe traffic environments are established for pedestrians and cyclists.
The University of Surrey’s study follows the Department for Transport’s own findings that showed a sharp increase in the number of cyclists injured on Britain’s roads last year. Their figures have shown that over 16,000 cyclists were injured or killed in the year up to June 2009. However, these figures looked at police reports rather than hospital admissions.
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