New figures released by the UK Department of Transport show that cyclist casualties dropped by 11 percent in 2002. The same set of figures reveal that cycle use in the UK rose 5.5 percent between 1993 and 2001. Organisations such as Sustrans believe this to be an understatement.

Cyclist casualties dropped in 2002, says DfT

Government statistics released today show that the overall number of casualties fell in 2002 by 11

percent, those serious injured fell by almost 9 per cent, and fatalities down by 6 per cent. Casualty rates are

reported to be at their lowest for 10 years.

Sustrans is convinced that further safety progress can be made as the National Cycle Network and other complementary facilities continue to develop, as more and better cycle facilities – both on and off road – are introduced by local authorities, as road layouts improve, and as more effort is made to reduce the speed of motorists.

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, Sustrans’ Director in charge of co-ordinating the development of the National Cycle Network, said:

"One of the greatest barriers to encouraging more people to cycle is the perception of danger on the roads. With casualty rates at their lowest for ten years and cycle usage on the rise we can look forward to more people adopting healthier and more sustainable means of transport in the future."

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