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Cyclists continuing dangerous behaviour in built-up areas as legal loopholes remain

Cyclists continuing dangerous behaviour in built-up areas as legal loopholes remain

CYCLING is becoming ever more popular in the UK as people choose commuting by bike over costly car or public transport journeys, but despite cycling…

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CYCLING is becoming ever more popular in the UK as people choose commuting by bike over costly car or public transport journeys, but despite cycling fatalities falling, calls for increased regulation of cycling have grown louder. Express.co.uk finds out why.

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According to the latest report from the Department for Transport (DfT), pedal cycle traffic in Great Britain increased by 96 percent between 2004 and 2020, yet the number of reported incidents involving a cyclist remained similar. With growing numbers of cyclists dashing around busy city centres, incidents and near-misses between bikers and cars or pedestrians have become more common, with many calling for a legal overhaul. Last week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps outlined a number of proposals, including imposing speeding fines on cyclists as well as introducing a licence plate system.

In 2004, 2.56 billion miles were travelled by bike in Great Britain, a figure rising to 5.03 billion by 2020.

Despite a near-doubling of cycling traffic, the number of fatalities increased by only five percent during that time, while serious injuries rose by 26 percent.

Between 2020 and 2014, the overall number of pedal cyclist casualties fell each year.

Combined, these figures mean the overall casualty rate for cyclists on British roads has halved in just under two decades. Cycling traffic increased by 96 percent between 2004 and 2020 The many benefits of cycling are clearly not lost on the British public, including an increase in physical health, being better […]

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