The cycling industry has made leaps and bounds in the last few years, with bicycle ownership levels doubling over the last decade and on-going campaigns striving to create a safer environment for cyclists. But there is still some way to go before cyclists and motorists can travel together in harmony and our roads are a truly safe place for those on two wheels. As the debate surrounding ‘strict liability’ continues, we’re still no closer to making the injury claims process easier for injured cyclists and rebalancing the system in favour of the vulnerable party. We’ve put together this infographic to put the highs and lows of cycling in the spotlight.

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The Highs and Lows of Cycle Safety

80% of accidents occur in daylight
17,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents each year

Cycle trips per year:
Age 5 – 10 – 13 (M) 11 (F)
11 – 16 – 46 (M) 13 (F)
17 – 20 – 29 (M) 5 (F)
21 – 29 – 27 (M) 6 (F)
30 – 39 – 28 (M) 10 (F)
40 – 49 – 25 (F) 13 (F)
50 – 59 – 21 (M) 11 (F)
60+ – 13 (M) 5 (F)
…If only there was time for more!
Number of cyclists killed – 111
Number of cyclists seriously injured – 2,660
Number of cyclists slightly injured – 14,414
Total – 17,185
About 20% of cyclists killed and injured are children
…But the UK is actually among the safest countries in Europe for a child to ride a bike
Cycling can burn around 600 calories an hour
Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas
Around 50% of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads
16% of casualties are hit and run
75% of accidents happen at or near a road junction
The health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks 20:1
Vehicles responsible for 103 cyclist deaths:
Cars – 61
HGV – 22
Van – 8
Bus/coach – 6
Bike – 2
Pedestrian – 2
Motorbike – 1
Other – 1
You can cycle up to 1037km on the energy equivalent of a single litre of petrol

Cycling too near to the curb makes you vulnerable to drain covers, pedestrians stepping out into the road and vehicles overtaking too closely
Cycling away from the curb will encourage following vehicles to be more considerate when overtaking

Protective clothing
Helmet – Helmets provide protection to your head in low-impact crashes
Sunglasses – Wearing sports sunglasses can stop dust and insects from getting in your eyes
Lights – Illuminate the road ahead and make you visible to other road users
Clothing – Wear bright reflective clothing so others can see you
Reflectors – Front and rear reflectors reflect light to alert other road users to your presence
Gloves – Padded gloves will protect your hands

The government are making small steps towards making cycling safer for all, but more needs to be done. Local campaigners are currently calling for a better relationship between cyclists and motorists as well as improvements to legislation to protect those on bikes. You can find out more information on safety on the roads and how to get the most out of cycling at, the national cycling charity.