​Roads safer for cyclists but more dangerous for drivers


UK roads are becoming safer for cyclists but more dangerous for drivers on the motorway, annual figures from the Department for Transport have revealed.
Though bike use has increased slightly since last year, the number of cyclists killed on British roads has decreased by eight per cent. A total of 109 cyclists were killed on the roads in 2013, down from 118 in 2012. Similarly, figures for seriously injured cyclists dropped from 3,222 to 3,143 over the same period.

The Department for Transport has also revealed that the total number of road deaths fell two per cent, down to 1,713 – the lowest level since records began in 1926, reports the Times. Similarly, serious injuries dropped from 23,000 in 2012 to 21,600 in 2013.

However, there was a 14 per cent increase in deaths on motorways, at 100 fatalities last year. Additionally, 1,640 children under 16 were killed or seriously injured on the road network.

In response to these statistics Jason Torrance, director of policy at charity Sustrains, told the Times: "Despite walking and cycling only making up a minority of travel by children (five per cent of distance and a third of trips), they account for the majority (83 per cent) of child deaths and serious injuries on the roads."

Mr Torrance continued: "Urgent action is needed to make our roads safer by making dedicated funding available, lowering traffic speeds and transforming local walking and cycling routes."

Shadow roads minister Richard Burden said: "Progress on reducing deaths and injuries has stalled, the number of deaths on motorways has risen for the first time in a decade, and the number of children killed when walking is rising too."
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