Sharp rise in cycling deaths and injuries on Welsh roads from 2013 to 2014

The number of cyclists seriously injured or killed on roads in Wales rose by 38 per cent from 2013 to 2014, according to figures released by Road Safety Wales.

According to the Welsh government statistics, there were 100 cyclists killed or seriously injured in Wales during 2013 and 138 in 2014.

Ten years ago, the annual average for cyclists killed or injured on Welsh roads was 70 (2004-2008), a rise of 98 per cent.

The number of casualties attributed to those in a car have fallen 28 per cent in the past 10 years. There has also been a drop in the number of children injured on Welsh roads, with no fatalities in 2014.

The dramatic rise in cycling casualties has been attributed to the general increase in people using a bike in Wales, with increases in those cycling for leisure and as a method for getting to work.

Pedal cyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads
Source: Road Safety Wales, Police recorded road casualties in Wales, 2014

Year Pedal cyclists All road users
2004-08 average 70 1406
2013 100 1144
2014 138 1263
% change from 2004-08 to 2014 98 -10

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  • simonstill

    kSI is absolutely the right measure. Medical care has improved to prevent many deaths but Life changing injuries scare me just as much if not more than death.

    Loss of income, loss of limbs, inability to ride bike in future. Cycling should and can be safe.

  • Gavin Bennett

    tbf, they probably also like not being seriously injured. I don’t think a few bruises gets you into that category…..

  • dale

    “seriously injured or killed” or two completely different things, the two statistics should be separate. So 138 incidents in 2014 could actually have no fatalities, yet people may look at such statistics and surmise it’s too dangerous to take up cycling as most people like being not dead.