Cycle Expert Calls for Training After Spate of AccidentsAugust 14, 2009
A leading cycling journalist has called for more adults to take cycle training courses after a spate of accidents in Bristol during the last two weeks.
Four cyclists have been injured on city roads since the 6th of August, including a man who died after a crash on the A370 on Tuesday.
It comes after the death on the Portway in January of cyclist Nick Abraham, son of former Lord Mayor Peter Abraham.
Rob Spedding, editor of Bath-based Cycling Plus magazine, said: “If you can, look for an adult equivalent of the cycling proficiency test. British Cycling runs a scheme called Bikeability and there are others which are also geared to adults.
“There are so many people who are coming back to cycling or are getting on a bike for the first time. It can be quite scary.
“Cyclists should be confident without being arrogant. Respect other road users and treat others as you would like to be treated.”
Figures obtained by #SITE_NAME# from the Bristol Cycling City project show cyclists made up around 15% of people injured on Bristol’s roads between 2006-2008, despite accounting for just 6% of traffic.
Official figures for 2009 have not been collected yet, but with at least two deaths already recorded, as many cyclists have died on Bristol’s roads so far in 2009 as in the previous three years combined.
But Rob denies Bristol’s roads are getting more dangerous for cyclists. He said: “We need to make it clear that cycling is not that dangerous.
More people cycling than ever before, but road deaths involving cyclists are at an all-time low. We need to get that in perspective.
“I don’t think Bristol is any more dangerous for cyclists than any other city in the country.”
Emma Barraclough, a spokeswoman for the Bristol Cycling Campaign, said: “We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the cyclist who died following a collision with a lorry on Winterstoke Road on Tuesday August 11.
“The Bristol Cycling Campaign calls for Bristol Council to come up with a design for the city’s roads that ensures that pedestrians and cyclists can get to their home, work or school without having to travel in fear for their lives.
“It is impossible for Bristol Council’s targets of doubling cycling to be achieved without increasing the numbers of collisions, unless there is a step change in the way that all of us in the city treat the most vulnerable road users.”