This week on the blog we’re looking at what is a very serious topic – the safety of cyclists on our roads. We’re less than a month into 2011 and already there have been a number of cycling fatalities on the roads.
Former boxer, Gary Mason was killed whilst on his bike in London on 6 January, whilst last week saw two rising stars of road cycling killed – Carla Swart (Team HTC Highroad) and Lewis Balycki (British Cycling Talent Team) were killed within 24 hours of each other. As a result of these deaths a campaign has been started through facebook to Save A Cyclist.
In July 2010 the former Olympic rower, James Cracknell, was taking part in a challenge across America. He was cycling Route 66 through Arizona when in the early dawn, despite being lit up like a Christmas tree, the wing mirror of a truck struck him from behind, fracturing his skull in two places and leaving him with bleeding in the frontal lobes of the brain and a head full of staples. James was one of the lucky ones. He has lived to tell the tale – but there are plenty of those out there who haven’t.
A survey carried out by the Department for Transport shows that 60% of people think the roads in United Kingdom are too dangerous to cycle on. Statistic show that in 2009 there were 11 742 reported accidents involving cyclists on Britain’s roads – accounting for 5% of all road accidents.