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Increase in Cycle Fatalities in Britain

The number of cyclists killed on British roads increased by 40% in 2020, official statistics show. In total, 140 cyclists were killed on the roads over the 12 months, up from 100 the year before, an increase the AA called “staggering”.

Fatalities fell for all other road user types, ranging from a drop of 15% for people in cars to a 71% fall for those in buses and coaches. The significant increase should be seen in the context of a small dataset and increased cycling, particularly during covid-19 lockdowns.

The overall casualty rate for cyclists (deaths or injuries per mile travelled) was reported to have decreased. Lobby groups state there is a need for better engineering, more education, and more police enforcement of dangerous driving.

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