Statistics released from the Department of Transport for the third quarter of last year show a fall in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and incidents involving pedestrians, but an 8% increase in deaths and serious injuries among cyclists.

Deaths and serious injuries for the previous quarters in 2010 also rose by 10% and 8% respectively, amounting to 3,000 cycling deaths and serious injuries on the roads over the year to September 2011.

The average number of cyclists killed or seriously injured between 2005 and 2009 was just over 2,500 per year.

Dangers faced as a cyclist on Britain's roads

Mr Mitchell, a VIP liaison officer for West Midlands Police has spoken about the dangers he faces on Britain’s roads.

Mr Mitchell who commutes 17-miles a day by bike said: "The amount of times I've been clipped with a wing mirror, had vans nearly knock me off and cars turn in front of me.

"It's a nightmare, and I'm trying to do the right thing by exercising and not using the car, but it's so difficult."

Debate needed on how cyclists and drivers share the roads

Yvonne Gilligan for Sustrans, a charity that promotes sustainable transport said: "The car has become king in many ways.

"But if we are serious about wanting more people to cycle, we need a really good debate about how cyclists and drivers share the roads.

"If car drivers played by the rules, and did what they're supposed to, then it would make our lives a lot easier, and a lot safer."

Christalla Christodoulidou, a solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors’ Serious Injuries Team said: “Cycling deaths and serious injuries have risen at an alarming rate for a third consecutive year and it is unacceptable in a modern society. We welcome campaigns such as the London Cycling Campaigns 'Go Dutch' campaign which highlights the need for considerate driving and proper bike provision on the road. We deal with far too many cases where cyclists are unnecessarily killed or injured on our roads. The government can't talk green and not deliver, more resources are needed to prevent avoidable accidents.”