Pedal cyclist fatalities in London: analysis of police collision files (2007 - 2011)

  • Published: Transport for London (2014)
  • Authors: Talbot, R., et al.
  • Date Added: 17 May 2017
  • Last Update: 17 May 2017
  • Format: pdf


  • To extract and analyse data from police files involving fatal and seriously injured cyclists occurring in London between 2007 and 2011.
  • To identify the main factors that caused or contributed to these crashes.
  • To consider and evaluate countermeasures that could have prevented or mitigated these crashes.
  • To recommend action that could be taken to assist in preventing such crashes occurring in the future.


  • Detailed information collected at the source. Protocol for doing this established.
  • Exercises undertaken to establish what data is relevant.
  • Establishment of what data was already available by visiting the police department.
  • Simple database created to record quantitative data.
  • Small scale pilot undertaken to test the data collection protocols.
  • Regular communication between data collections to limit variation and ensure a consensus was reached.
  • Supplement this with data from STATS 19.
  • Case review undertaken to record relevant data under streamlined headings.
  • Countermeasures assigned to contributory factors.
  • Countermeasures then grouped under different categories.

Key Findings:

  • Multiple suggestions for changes in infrastructure, cyclists cycling behaviour, recommendations in preventing fatal collisions with large vehicles and recommendations regarding user behaviour.

  • 52% of all fatal crashes between cyclist and HGV involved the HGV making a left turn across the path of a cyclist.


Pedal cyclist fatalities in London by Talbot