Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2014 Annual Report
- Published: Department for Transport, September 2015
- Authors: Department for Transport
- Date Added: 09 Oct 2015
- Last Update: 09 Oct 2015
To present detailed statistics regarding the circumstances of personal injury road collisions, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties, and factors which may contribute to the collisions.
Majority of the statistics in the report are based on information about collisions reported to the police.
Pedal cyclists accounted for 11% of all road casualties in 2014, 6% of road deaths, 15% of serious injuries and 10% of slight injuries.
Pedal cyclist deaths have fallen over the long term, but have fluctuated between roughly 100 and 120 over the last seven years.
In 2014, 113 pedal cyclist were killed, a 4% increase from 2013.
The number of pedal cyclists seriously injured also rose, by 8% to 3,401.
The total number of pedal cyclist casualties in road accidents in 2014 was 21,287, up 10% from the 2013.
Males make up more than 80% of pedal cyclist casualties. Of the 113 pedal cyclist fatalities in 2014, 18% were female and 82% male.
Reporting rates for pedal cyclists are lower than for other road users, and pedal cyclist non-fatal casualties are amongst the most likely to be underreported, especially where the pedal cycle was the only vehicle in the accident.
On-road pedal cycle traffic rose by 3.8% to 3.25 billion vehicle miles in 2014. Cycle traffic has risen by 27% since 2007, and cyclist casualties have risen by 31% over the same period.
It is likely that the increase in cycling has resulted in more accidents as cyclist become more exposed to motor vehicle traffic.
On urban roads pedal cyclists comprise roughly a fifth of casualties, whereas on rural roads they account for around 10%.
Most pedal cyclist killed or seriously injured casualties occur at crossroads and t-staggered junctions.
The main contributory factors for all RTIs, attributed to pedal cyclists were: failed to look properly (23%), failed to judge the other person’s path or speed (10%), careless, reckless or in a hurry (9%) and cyclist entering from pavement (6%).