Safety Concerns as Brits Consider Cycling to Work

Author:
Susan Vanden
Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager
Date:
06/08/2020

Today is Cycle to Work Day, and as the UK Government looks to get more people back into work, it’s a subject on many people’s minds right now. More and more Brits are looking at cycling as a good way to avoid crowded buses and trains, ease congestion on the roads, reduce pollution and improve health.

But safety remains a big concern to many novice and experienced cyclists alike, and as Road Traffic Accident Solicitors, it’s something we think about every day as we help our clients who have suffered serious injuries, and family members of cyclists killed in fatal accidents.

A new survey from Network Rail shows that while 1 in 5 people in the UK are thinking about cycling to work, nearly half are worried about cycling on busy roads. The Government recently committed to offering cycling training to every adult and child who wants it, which may help ease people’s concerns.

But the fact that safety is such a big worry to people who’d otherwise consider cycling more is a big problem, and it’s clear that education on cycle safety is vital if we’re to avoid a big increase in the number of cycling accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, get in touch for a free claims assessment and legal advice. We have an excellent track record in cycling accident claims, helping injured cyclists and their families get the compensation, rehabilitation and support they need. For example:

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What Safety Measures Do Cyclists Want?

Cyclists across the UK were recently asked by insurance company Cycleplan what steps should be put in place to make cycling safer. Among the most popular suggestions were:

  • Cycle lanes completely separate to the road
  • Bigger fines for dangerous drivers
  • Tougher rules on using bike helmets and lights
  • Cyclist awareness to be included in the driving test

What’s Being Done to Get Us Cycling?

As part of the Government’s £2 billion drive to get more people cycling, cycle training is being offered to adults and children, and will be available from schools, councils and cycle training schemes.

The Government has also committed to creating thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, and launched £50 bike repair vouchers to encourage more people to travel by bicycle.

But the Cycleplan poll shows that more than two-thirds of cyclists want the Government to go further. Figures also reveal:

  • Nearly 9 in 10 cyclists believe the UK lags behind other countries when it comes to cycling safely
  • Less than 1 in 5 feel “safe” or “very safe” when cycling on UK roads
  • More than 1 in 3 cyclists have been injured on the roads in the last year

Interestingly, how safe people feel depends partly on where they live. For example, 71% of cyclists in Cardiff feel unsafe, as do 65% of cyclists in Leeds, 55% in Manchester and 54% in London.

This says to us that the standard of cycling infrastructure varies a great deal across England and Wales, so this is problem must be dealt with if more people are to feel safe on their bikes.

If cycling is seen a key part of getting people back to work, it has to be done safely. If you’re injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, perhaps because of a motorist’s negligence or a defect in the road surface such as pothole, get in touch with our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors.

We offer a free claims assessment and legal advice, so we can discuss your situation with you. If we take on your claim, we’ll investigate precisely what happened, who is responsible for your injuries and negotiate with them for a fair amount of compensation to be paid.

The compensation awarded should include both General Damages and Special Damages to reflect everything from the pain and suffering you’ve gone through to the cost of any medical treatment, care and rehabilitation you need, as well as any financial losses, including lost earnings and the cost of repairing or replacing your damaged bicycle, helmet and personal belongings.

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