More people riding bikes makes cycling safer for everyone, major new study finds

20-year study in New York sees huge decline in fatalities and injuries and cycling numbers rise

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The more people that ride bikes, the safer that riding a bike becomes: that's the finding of a new study looking at cycling in New York City over a 20-year period.

The study, which was carried out by the New York Department of Transport, found levels of cycling fatalities and injuries falling as the number of cyclists on the city's streets increased, with the safety improvement being particularly stark on roads with cycling facilities and areas covered by the city's bike-share scheme.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.