More cyclists killed or hurt on the roads

Author: By Peter Woodman, Press Association

Cycle deaths and serious injuries in April-June 2009 totalled 820 – a 19 per
cent rise of the same period the previous year.

Slight injuries to pedal cyclists rose 9 per cent this spring, provisional
figures from the Department for Transport revealed.

There was also a rise in motorcycle casualties, with those killed or seriously
injured (KSI) rising 5 per cent in spring 2009 and slight injuries going up
2 per cent.

Overall, the number of people killed on the roads in April-June 2009 totalled
580, fractionally down on the April-June 2008 total of 586.

Adding serious injuries to deaths, there were 7,170 KSIs in spring 2009 – 3
per cent fewer than in spring last year.

Slight injuries fell 3 per cent this spring, while total casualties (deaths,
serious injuries and slight injuries) were 2 per cent down.

The biggest fall in casualties in spring this year was among child
pedestrians, with KSIs declining per cent and total casualties going down 9
per cent.

Adding the adult figures to those for children, the number of pedestrian KSIs
this spring fell 8 per cent and total pedestrian casualties were down 5 per
cent.

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