Details of cyclists killed and seriously injured – 2013 and 2014

Following recent reports of an increase in the number of road users killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Lancashire’s roads, Dynamo wrote to Lancashire Constabulary asking for details regarding cyclists in Lancaster district.   The attached gives details of 34 collisions.  Junctions (as experienced cyclists can guess) loom large, but note that – in addition to the usual hazards like ice and poor surfaces – cyclists also have to worry about drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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3 Responses to Details of cyclists killed and seriously injured – 2013 and 2014

  1. honeypooch says:

    The majority of these seem to be due to errors on the part of the car driver (not seeing the bicycle, crossing into the path of the cyclist, overtaking dangerously, etc.). Is information available on associated prosecutions? Also interesting is that one of the incidents includes a note that the cyclist was wearing dark clothing. The implication seems to be that the cyclist was negligent in this regard, yet the onus is on all road users to be alert to obstacles, and cyclists are not obliged to wear hi-vis clothing. Rather, car drivers are obliged not to drive into other, more vulnerable road users.

  2. We would like that information too, but we’ll have to chase it up separately. At the foot of the first page of the letter it says: “No information is held in relation to who was at fault, material damage or whether the incident led to prosecution”, which is not very helpful. (Regarding another crash, note that a bus driver is currently on trial for the death by careless driving of a cyclist in March 2014 – see http://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/crime/bus-driver-on-trial-over-cyclist-death-1-7541768.)

  3. We’ve discovered that the County Council don’t receive records of which accidents result in prosecution. However the cycling officer has pointed us to a report of the conviction of a taxi-driver who killed an elderly cyclist in May 2013. See http://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/crime/morecambe-cabbie-found-guilty-of-death-of-cyclist-80-1-6898703.

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