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Pedal cyclist casualties

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  • Release date: 25 July 2013
  • Period covered: 2012
An annual report that includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit and time of accident.

Key points

  • The number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) cyclists peaked in 1984, then declined until 2000; since 2000 the numbers have fluctuated within a broad range between 61 and 84 casualties per year, but in 2011 this increased to 118 casualties before falling back to 84 in 2012.
  • Men comprise the majority of pedal cyclist casualties, over the whole period from 2003 to 2012 they accounted for 86 per cent of all casualties.
  • There has been an increase in total and KSI casualties in 2011 and 2012 for cyclists in the 30 to 49 age band.
  • The total number of child pedal cyclist casualties fell by 68 per cent between 2003 and 2012, from 225 in 2003 to 73 in 2012. Over the same period child KSI casualties fell from 40 to 12.
  • The proportion of all KSI pedal cyclist casualties that were children dropped from 53 per cent of all KSI casualties in 2003 to 14 per cent in 2012.


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