Factsheet – Pedal cyclist collisions and casualties in Greater London

  • Published: Transport for London, 2011
  • Authors: Transport for London
  • Date Added: 28 Aug 2016
  • Last Update: 28 Aug 2016
  • Format: pdf


This factsheet reports the main trends in the number of reported road traffic collisions and casualties in Greater London in 2010 and compares these with previous years.


Statistical analysis of figures collected by the police in accordance with the STATS 19 reporting system.

Key Findings

  • 17 per cent of all collisions in Greater London in 2010 resulted in injury to pedal cyclists. Cyclists represented 14 per cent of all casualties.

  • Pedal cyclist casualties made up 16 per cent of all KSI casualties in London in 2010.

  • Between 1994-98 and 2010, there has been a decrease in pedal cyclist KSIs of 18 per cent. There has been a decrease of 9 per cent in all casualties over the same period.

  • 78 per cent of cyclist casualties in 2010 were male.

  • Half of casualties whose age was known were aged 25-39 years old.

  • In 2010, 65 per cent of cyclist casualties were injured in London’s inner boroughs.

  • London’s main road network has seen an increase in cycling of over 150 per cent between 2010 and 2010.

  • Pedal cyclist casualties have fluctuated between 1986 and 2010, reaching a peak in 1989 and falling to a low in 2005. Numbers have been increasing between 2005 and 2010.

  • In Greater London in 2010, 74 per cent of cyclist casualties were injured whilst going ahead, with 11 per cent being injured whilst performing an overtaking manoeuvre. 5 per cent of pedal cyclist casualties were turning right and 2 per cent were turning left.

  • There were 10 fatal pedal cyclist collisions in Greater London in 2010. Two were the result of the cyclist and the other vehicle turning left together; two were the result of a motor vehicle changing lanes to the left across the path of a cyclist; and two were the result of the cyclist riding off the footway and into the path of a motor vehicle. Two fatal collisions involved a cyclist coming into conflict with an HGV of over 7.5 tonnes and a further two involved collisions with a concrete mixing lorry and a skip lorry.

  • Cars were the most common vehicle to be involved in a collision with a cyclist, making up 74 per cent of vehicles. This was followed by good vehicles, buses/coaches and taxis.

  • The two most frequently recorded contributory factors in collisions were failing to look properly and failing to judge the other person’s path or speed. This applied to both cyclists and motor vehicles involved.


Cyclist, cycle, casualties, London


This report is based on STATS19 data and provides reliable statistics.