Monday 15th March 2010
Be Wiser Insurance

Every year in the UK over 16,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 2,500 who are killed or seriously injured.

Large lorry’s in towns pose a disproportionately high risk to cyclists. Of particular danger is the left-turning lorry the driver of which may not see a cyclist in his near side mirror due to the lorry’s blind spot.

Cyclists may wait at the lights just in front of a lorry, not realising that they are difficult to see.

Many of the fatalities involving female cyclists happen in collisions with a heavy goods vehicle (HGV). This year, seven of the eight people killed by lorries in London alone have been women.

Considering that women make only 28% of the UK's cycling journeys, this seems extremely high.

Recent studies have revealed that cycle “feeder” lanes, which allow cyclists to overtake vehicles along the nearside kerb to get to the front of queues, may “exacerbate the problem”.

Around 80% of cycling accidents occur in daylight - the most dangerous hours for cyclists are 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 to 9.00 a.m. on weekdays.

An Average 60% to 90% of cyclist casualties are not reported, especially if the victim is a child and it is a bicycle-only accident. The above figures also exclude cycling accidents that occur away from the road, which could number as many as 150,000 per year.

Cycling is more dangerous than driving a car or going by bus. But, it is less dangerous than being a pedestrian. Cycling is all about confidence, some motorists don’t feel safe on their bikes – as a result nervous cyclists could be putting themselves in danger.

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