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Cyclists on busy city roads face the greatest threat of accidents


City cycling can be dangerous

City cycling can be dangerous

City cycling can be dangerous

Cycling on busy city roads has been proven to be by far the most dangerous according to research from the Road Safety Authority (RSA), revealing four in five injuries to cyclists happen on urban roads and nine in 10 were injured by a car.

The results of the study showed most cyclists' injuries happened as a result of collisions on roads with speed limits up to 60kmh.

Just under 87pc of injuries happened in these locations. More than four out of every five cyclist injuries took place on two-way single carriageways. 

The research revealed the vast majority of injuries sustained by cyclists happened as a result of collisions with cars and goods vehicles.

More than nine in 10 cyclists were injured in a multi-vehicle collision where at least one other vehicle was involved.

There was a correlation between road traffic and injuries and accidents happening more often during the morning and evening commuting periods, for an hour from 8am and two hours from 5pm when road use peaks.

Another contributing factor to cyclist injuries was vehicles' manoeuvring. One in five injuries happened when cars were turning right.

However, for goods vehicles the opposite was true, with one in five cyclist injuries happening while the goods vehicle was turning left. Meanwhile, more than half of injuries suffered by cyclists happened at junctions, with nearly a quarter of injuries resulted from accidents at T-junctions.

The RSA called for more investment in cycling infrastructure, greater roll out of 30kmh limits in urban areas and for motorists to reduce their speed.

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