The number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006

Patrick Scott
Sign representing a cyclist is painted on a cycling path in downtown Strasbourg - REUTERS

The number of pedestrians left dead or seriously injured after being hit cyclists has doubled in the past decade according to a Telegraph analysis of official data.

In 2016 three pedestrians died in such incidents across Great Britain while a further 108 sustained serious injury.

While this is a small proportion of the total number of serious injuries sustained by pedestrians annually, it continues an upward trend.

Serious pedestrian injuries in bike accidents have doubled since 2006

The 2016 figure is more than double the 50 pedestrians who were killed or seriously injured a decade earlier in 2006, since when there has been a sustained increase. However, it should be noted that the data does not apportion blame for the accidents in question.

The rate of these incidents has also increased with 32 fatal or serious collisions per billion cycling miles in 2016, up from 18 per billion in 2006.

The Government recently announced an urgent review into the laws covering cyclists following a campaign by Matt Briggs, whose wife, Kim, was hit and killed by a cyclist in London last February.

Commenting on the Telegraph’s findings Matt Briggs said: "These figures reinforce the need for comprehensive and coherent laws relating to cyclists in line with other road users.

“At the moment, there is simply no effective, relevant legal remedy for anyone killed or seriously injured as a result of criminal wrongdoing by a cyclist. This represents a huge gap in UK law."

Rate of pedestrian, cyclist collisions

Fieldfisher, the law firm handling Matt Briggs’ civil claim for compensation, said that they had been approached by several more seriously injured pedestrians since the campaign garnered national attention.

However, some argue that the Government’s review into road safety needs to be more wide ranging.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said: "The rise in the numbers of pedestrians killed or injured by cyclists is concerning but the fact remains that vehicles are responsible for 99 per cent of road user fatalities.

“Our justice system has to be far better equipped to deal appropriately with dangerous behaviour from all road users."

A Government spokesperson said: “We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished.

“Given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences and that is why we are carrying out a review to improve all elements of cycle safety, including looking at the case for a new offence, equivalent to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving.”

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