23,000 cyclist accidents in Greater London between 2009-2013
A cyclist is involved in a road traffic accident every other hour in Greater London, according to data analysis conducted by Aviva. Research of five years’ worth of police road traffic accident data by Aviva shows that there were 22,988 motor accidents involving cyclists inside the M25 between 2009 and 2013 – more than 12 every day. Tragically, this number includes 80 fatalities. Already this year there have been four cyclist fatalities in London.
Research by the UK’s largest insurer also identified the top ten most dangerous roundabouts and junctions in London for cyclists.
Simon Warsop, chief underwriting officer, Aviva, said: “Cycling in London has never been more popular but the continued rise in the number of accidents involving cyclists is alarming. The human cost of these incidents can be immeasurable and we believe more can be done to reduce them. Too many are killed on London’s roads and far more are seriously injured. The injuries cyclists suffer can be life-changing, and although we can fix broken metal, we can’t always fix broken bodies.
“Aviva believes an improved transport infrastructure would create safer streets which would reduce the risk of an accident for all road users. For example, we would support Transport for London’s (TfL) segregated London Cycle Superhighway and TfL’s Better Junctions Scheme.”
Aviva examined its own claims data to highlight to all road users some of the common factors associated with serious accidents involving cyclists.
MAMILs cycling to work
HGVs disproportionately involved in serious cyclist accidents
Gender disparity in safety measures
In the dark
Aviva’s analysis comes as recent figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that nationally, cyclists are the only road user group where reported casualties remain above the 2005 – 2009 average. Cyclist casualties are also on the increase, according to the DfT figures, which show an 8% rise in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.
Simon Warsop continued, “London’s roads are some of the nation’s busiest, and most people are keen to get where they are going to as quickly as possible. However, we would urge all road users to be more aware of each other and the dangers on the roads.
“The good news is that most of these factors are within our control as responsible motorists and cyclists. Taking necessary road safety precautions and looking out for each other will help cut the number and severity of accidents involving cyclists. It’s better to get home safely than not at all.”
Full press release on www.aviva.co.uk
Connect with ADVO Group