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CTC Safety in Numbers

CTC Safety in Numbers

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CTC is the UK's national cyclists' organisation. 'Safety in Numbers' explains their view that the more people cycle, the safer cycling becomes.
CTC is the UK's national cyclists' organisation. 'Safety in Numbers' explains their view that the more people cycle, the safer cycling becomes.

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Halving the risks of cycling
Safety In Numbers
 
Safety In Numbers
Safety In Numbers
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Cycling km per person per year
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PORTUGALSPAINIRELANDFINLANDDENMARK THE NETHERLANDSSWEDEN1401201008060402000 200 400 600 800 1000BELGIUMGREECEUK FRANCEAUSTRIAITALY
There is good evidence to support the idea that cycling gets safer the more people do it.Yet despite this, many organisations are reluctant to encourage cycling for fear that thiswould increase the number of casualties on the roads. This approach fails to recognise
the fact that cycling’s health benefits greatly outweigh any risks involved – not tomention the benefits to the environment and people’s quality of life.
The emphasis must now be on tackling the fears that prevent people from cycling moreor not cycling at all. This can be done by: improving driver behaviour, creating more
welcoming and cycle-friendly streets and giving people the confidence to cycle more.
This will be good not only for our health, but also for streets, communities and theenvironment.Countries in Europe with high levels of cycle use tend to be less risky for cyclists.In Denmark, people cycle over 900 kilometres a year and it is a far safer country tocycle in than Portugal, where barely 30 km is covered by each person by bike annually.See the graph below.
 
Safety In Numbers
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2007 Fatalities
CAR VANS/LORRIES MOTORCYCLE BUS/COACH PEDESTRIAN CYCLISTS
 The evidence
 
Research suggests that a doubling of cycling would lead to areduction in the risks of cycling by around a third, ie. the increasein cycle use is far higher than the increase in cyclists’ casualties.There are plenty of examples to show that steep increases incycling can go with
reductions
in cycle casualties.
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   U    S   E   R    S   K   I   L   L   E   D    O   T   H   E   R    S   K   I   L   L   E   D   I   N    C    O   L   L   I    S   I    O   N   W   I   T   H   U    S   E   R
Increasing cycle use is good for the safety of other road users too. For every miletravelled, fewer injuries involve cyclists than motor vehicles. Every cycle trip thatis a switch from car use means fewer injuries and deaths to others.
2007 Fatalities
 
 I n  t he  U K :
London has seen a  91% increase in c ycling since 2 0 0 0 and a 33%  fall in c ycle casual ties since 1 9 9 4- 98.  This means  tha t c ycling in  the ci t y is 2. 9  times sa fer  than i t  was pre viousl y.
 I n  E u rope:
 The Ne therlands has  wi tnessed a  45% increase in c ycling  from 1 98 0-2 0 05 and a 58% decrease in c yclis t  fa tali ties.

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