The CTC issued a report today confirming that more cyclists on the road does indeed mean less chance of an accident. Safety in Numbers is a 5MB downloadable PDF. A few papers have picked up on the story, such as the Guardian.
The barchart on page 2 lists 2007 fatalities by mode of transport: both users killed, and others killed by those users. The figures are Car 1432/1049; Lorries 110/423; Motorbike 588/40; Bus/coach 12/84; Pedestrian 540/2; Cycle 136/5.
As the report points out, more cyclists doesn't just increase safety for those of us on bikes. It also reduces the number killed collaterally, because some car journeys - which are as likely to kill those outside the vehicle as inside - become bike journeys, which are extremely unlikely to kill anyone not riding the bike.
And you do wonder how those two unfortunate people managed to be killed by pedestrians.
Mass cycling requires sociable side-by-side cycling which requires cyclists to take up space. Why then are cyclists the only road users expected to travel single-file? - Children cycling home from school five-abreast in Assen. Riding on the pavement is not what we encourage, but this is a good illustration of how safe those...
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