Times reveals ‘Britain’s cycling black spots’
The Times has published an article outlining “Britain’s most dangerous road junctions” based on analysis which shows the “accident black spots where cyclists are being injured”.
A series of interactive maps, produced by Esri UK and The Times’ digital team, show junctions in London, Cambridge and Devon with the largest number of collisions last year.
The maps, published as part of The Times’ Cities Fit for Cycling campaign, show that 75% of all cycling injuries recorded last year happened within 30 metres of a junction or roundabout.
The worst area was a junction close to the site of the London Olympics in east London where eight cyclists were injured, with another two recorded casualties only yards away.
The analysis shows that six of the top eight junctions with the highest collision rates were in London — in Deptford, Clapham, Peckham, Shoreditch and Stepney Green.
A roundabout in Cambridge was the second worst black spot with seven accidents last year. The only rural black spot was on the A3072 near Beaworthy in Devon where cyclists were injured in six collisions last year.
Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy director at CTC, told The Times it was wrong to restrict improvements to junctions with recorded accidents.
He said: “These maps highlight the crying need to give cyclists greater safety and priority, particularly at junctions.
“However, junctions with large numbers of cycling injuries aren’t the most ‘dangerous’, they may simply be well used by cyclists. Equally, a lethal edge-of-town junction with a motorway might have no cycling injuries because nobody dreams of cycling there. Still, both types will need safety improvements if cycling is to become a safe activity for everyone.”
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