Has cycling become safer?

The author of Designing for Cycle Traffic and professor of Transport Engineering at UWE, John Parkin, calls for caution when examining Great Britain's latest casualty figures.


This fascinating article on the CIHT news page discusses the apparent paradox that an increase in cyclists and a reduction in vehicular traffic during 2020 resulted in an increase in cyclist casualties and fatalities. This appears to be due to a significant increase in the absolute number of cyclists on the road, but John Parkin urges caution and suggests it is too early to draw any definitive conclusions.

When asked how transport professionals can make cycling safer, Parking suggests that we should all gain a certain level of competence as cyclists ourselves so that we can really understand what cyclists need. I agree!

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