Cyclist casualties rise in recession
A report in the Guardian suggests that the number of cyclists killed in the UK has risen during three of the last four recessions.
The Guardian suggests that when commuters swap train, tube and car travel for bicycles during periods of austerity, the death toll rises.
Cyclist deaths across the UK rose by 7% in 2010 as government austerity measures were kicking in. In the first half of this year the number of cyclists killed or seriously hurt on UK roads rose 12% year-on-year. Cycle deaths also rose by 58% between 1930 and 1935 and by 14% between 1980 and 1984. After both the 1930s and the 1980s recessions, the number of cycle fatalities fell back once again.
Charlie Lloyd, of the London Cycling Campaign, told the Guardian: "Cycling fatalities in general are not getting any worse. It is likely that any increase in the number of fatalities during a recession is related to an increase in the number of cyclists. More people get on their bike or spend more time on a bike during a recession."
DfT figures show that 60% of cycle casualties in 2010 occurred between 7am–10am and 4pm–7pm as people are travelling to and from work.
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