More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those traveling by bike.
Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 rider injured every day in needless, preventable crashes. The dangers (and opportunities) posed by bicycles and motorcycles are distinct but those on two wheels are united by the urgent need to reduce their risk of death and injury on our roads.
Cycling is one of the healthiest, cheapest and most environmentally-friendly forms of transport available with the benefits to public health, congestion and the economy widely acknowledged.
The number of us taking to our bicycles each year is increasing at a rapid pace and yet millions still don’t consider cycling an option. Delivering safe journeys for cyclists is a win/win, encouraging more people to cycle rather than drive, and keeping those who already do safe.
Motorcyclists are disproportionately involved in crashes and the resulting injuries are often severe.
The speeds motorcycles can travel are equal to those of cars and yet motorcycle riders do not have equal protection in the event of a crash, such as air bags or side-impact bars, exposing them to the full force of impact. Raising awareness of safe driving behavior for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting motorcycle crashes, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.
This Road Safety Week (19-25 November) we are shouting about the safety of those on two wheels and encouraging everyone to Bike Smart.
We can all play our part in raising awareness about the importance of protecting those on bikes and this year’s campaign will focus on:
- Policy-makers being Bike Smart by implementing a safe systems approach, mandating lifesaving technology and prioritising cycle friendly infrastructure.
- Drivers being Bike Smart by looking out for those on two wheels, driving safely and slowly and giving bike riders plenty of space.
- Cyclists and motorcyclists being bike smart through safe riding behaviors and appropriate training and equipment.
Why is this so important?
- In 2016 there were 18,477 cyclists casualties and 19,297 motorcyclist casualties.
- More people are cycling so there is a greater need to protect them with a safe systems approach.
- Motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car occupants per mile ridden.
- Motorcyclists comprise of the largest proportion (25%) of road crash admissions to trauma centres.