Statistics show decrease in injuries for vulnerable road users

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These show that that there has been a fall in injuries for vulnerable road users which they define as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

The statistics compare April- June 2011 and April- June 2012 but in general there has been a rise over the years and the IAM calls for more work to be done to change this:

- The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured rose 9 per cent from 2,950 in 2010/11 to 3,210 in 2011/12. This is 27 per cent more than the average between 2005-2009

- The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured rose 5 per cent from 5,207 in 2010/11 to 5,450 in 2011/12

- The number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured rose 5 per cent from 5,701 in 2010/11  to 5,970 in 2011/12

Neil Greig who is the Director of Policy and Research is reported as saying:

In the six months before these results there were increases in the numbers killed and seriously injured.  This drop has not made up for that.  We need to do much more to turn this quarter's figures into a trend. Repairing the roads, safety campaigns and road user awareness will save more lives.

The drop in road casualties is really good news but the department for transport admits that it is likely to be linked to this year's wet weather. The government shouldn't rely on a few months of dodgy weather to get cyclists and motorcyclists casualties down.

Be safe on the roads this autumn and watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

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