Cyclists skating on thin ice

11.38 | 19 November 2010 | | 1 comment

Slipping on ice is the main cause of non-collision incidents for cyclists, according to a survey conducted by NHS Bristol.

The study into non-collision cycling incidents revealed that slipping on ice is the most common incident, mentioned by 26% of respondents. The next most common incident was slipping on wet roads, with 8% of reported incidents occurring in these conditions.

Hugh Annett, Bristol’s director of public health, said: “Cycling is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy and we need to get as many people as possible cycling in Bristol and the UK. We want all cyclists – whatever age and ability – to be aware of the potential hazards of being on the road and making the right choice.

“The survey shows us the range of non-collision incidents, but the good thing is, with better awareness of potential hazards, many of these are avoidable. If it’s icy, leave the bike locked up.”

Most road users are aware of collision incidents, but the research showed that cyclists are more likely to be involved in non-collision incidents. In 2008/09, 9,447 cyclists were admitted to hospital in England following a non-collision incident, with ice causing an estimated 40,000 incidents in total. By comparison, during the same period, 1,826 cyclists were admitted following a collision with a vehicle.

In response to the figures NHS Bristol, Bristol City Council’s ‘Better by bike’ team, and other partners including the West of England road safety partnership, are working across Bristol to raise awareness of avoidable hazards, particularly around ice on the roads during commuter times.

Click here to access the survey.

For more information contact Lawrie Jones on 0117 900 3410.


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    My word, ice is slippery – who would have thought it! Brain power seems not what it used to be.

    Derek, St Albans.
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