Figures released by Leeds City Council have revealed a 60 per cent increase in the number of cyclists seriously injured on the city’s roads over the last 10 years.
The data showed that, last year, a total of 329 cyclists were injured in accidents in the city, compared with 206 in 2004. In 2013, 49 of the cyclists involved in accidents suffered serious injuries.
With the popularity of cycling continuing to grow, and more people than ever taking to the city’s roads by bike, there are real concerns that this number could soar even further, unless the local and UK government takes real steps to intervene.
Natalie Harvey, a senior personal injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds office, said: “People across the UK are being constantly encouraged to get on their bikes rather than jump in the car, indeed, last week was 'Cycle to Work Day'. Yet, there is very little being done in terms of legislation or infrastructural improvements to protect individuals who choose to cycle.
“These worrying figures make it clear, once again, that improving road safety for cyclists needs to be made a priority across the UK.
“We have previously published our own recommendations for improving cycle safety and reducing the number of cyclists injured or, in the worst cases, killed on UK roads. If real strides are not made into improving road safety soon, then more cyclists across Leeds and the UK will find themselves in serious accidents.”