Cycling is a popular mode of transportation and for many good reasons. It’s a sustainable choice, it’s good for your health and it can even be faster in areas that face high traffic congestion. Would-be cyclists will soon have one less reason not to jump on their bikes, thanks to upcoming changes to the hierarchy of road users in The Highway Code.
The number of cycling trips made by women rose by 50% in 2020, with reduced traffic due to lockdowns decreasing the perception of cycling as a dangerous pastime. Yet, in many areas, it’s still as dangerous as ever.
Not too long ago, a leading hospital called for change at a notorious junction in the nation’s capital after a beloved doctor died while cycling. While this unfortunate accident gained publicity, it’s one of many fatal collisions that take place around the country yearly.
But where are the most dangerous places to cycle in the country? Thanks to new research, we can answer those questions and more. Keep reading to find out.
Which cities are most dangerous?
According to a recent study, London has been named the most dangerous city to cycle in. The research was carried out by Boyes Turner, a legal firm that specialises in brain injury compensation claims. It analysed the latest available data from the Department for Transport to break down road traffic accidents involving cyclists.
From 2016 to 2020, 11,560 accidents involving cyclists occurred in London – almost as many as occurred in every other British city combined. The most common location of fatal accidents was near Temple Tube Station, whereas the most common location of serious accidents was on the A3211 between London Blackfriars and Embankments.
Outside of London, Bristol was the most dangerous city to cycle in, with 1301 accidents occurring in the period 2016-2020. Hull was next in line with 1243 accidents, followed by Manchester and Portsmouth with 1121 and 1021 accidents respectively, across the same 4-year period.
In one of his Bike Cycling Reviews, Adam, a cyclist, says that he always feels a little bit nervous while cycling in Bristol.
What are the most common injuries related to cycling accidents?
The most common type of injury related to cycling accidents is head trauma. These can vary in severity, with cuts, hairline fractures, concussions, serious brain damage and even death all a possibility. Among these, concussion is sustained most often and can cause memory loss and dizziness.
Spinal injuries are also typical results of cycling accidents and can lead to catastrophic consequences for the victims. Most often, they make it difficult to move but in extreme cases lead to paralysis.
Soft tissue injuries can cause soreness, pain and discomfort in any body part, most frequently in the areas of the back surrounding the spine and the shoulders.
If you’re ever involved in a cycling accident be sure to get a medical assessment and seek guidance from a legal expert immediately.