Safest and Most Dangerous Cities for Cycling

safest and most dangerous cities for cycling

Safest and Most Dangerous Cities for Cycling

Research has identified the safest and most dangerous cities for cycling. The safest cities are measured by the city’s number of incidents, surface quality, lighting and even steepness to calculate a danger score for each. 

The cities with the lowest ‘danger score’ include Chelmsford, Worcester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Gloucester, Cambridge, Leicester, York, Wakefield, St. Albans and Norwich. 

Birmingham was ranked as the most dangerous city for cyclists in the UK, with Newcastle upon Tyne, Plymouth, Sheffield, London, Preston, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Bristol, and Brighton following as the most dangerous cities to cycle in. 

This data suggests that bigger cities with higher density of cyclists are more prone to accidents, and as seen by government statistics, cycle traffic is increasing rapidly making the danger of accidents more apparent. Cyclists are particularly at risk during week-day rush hours in high density cities. Government research has found that between 2015 and 2020, most pedal cycle fatalities and injuries involved a car. An overwhelming amount of pedal cycle fatalities were male, accounting for 83% of fatalities. Furthermore, the age group which recorded the highest volume of casualties were those between 40-49 years old (20%), followed by 30-39 year olds (18%), and then 50-59 year olds (17%).

Bicycle Accident Injuries

This data suggests that bigger cities with higher density of cyclists are more prone to accidents, and as seen by government statistics, cycle traffic is increasing rapidly making the danger of accidents more apparent. Cyclists are particularly at risk during week-day rush hours in high density cities.

Government research has found that between 2015 and 2020, most pedal cycle fatalities and injuries involved a car. An overwhelming amount of pedal cycle fatalities were male, accounting for 83% of fatalities. Furthermore, the age group which recorded the highest volume of casualties were those between 40-49 years old (20%), followed by 30-39 year olds (18%), and then 50-59 year olds (17%).

Accidents?

Bike accidents which occur on rural roads are less frequent, however are more likely to be fatal in nature than those on urban roads, often because of higher speed limits, blind bends, dips, distractions, and the narrow nature of rural roads. However, urban areas have a higher volume of accidents. Urban areas have more junctions which ultimately increases the level of interaction between cyclists and motorists.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents found that almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions either near or at a road junction, with roundabouts and T-junctions being significantly dangerous for cyclists.

Cyclists are disproportionately affected road users when it comes to casualty rates per mile. Per billion vehicle miles, the casualty rate of cyclists is 1284 compared to a rate of 31 for car drivers.

Cycle Accident Compensation

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cyclist, we seek to help you through your personal injury claim, and Bicycle Accident Compensation providing you with the means to restore your physical and mental wellbeing. 

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