Saturday, 29 June 2013

An Olympic Legacy


Last July, British Cycling saw one of its highest ever months of new joiners, with 2,400 people signing up, but that has accelerated since then with an average of 2,800 people joining in each of the subsequent nine months. In part, that’s due to Great Britain’s success at London 2012, but interest is continuing to grow.

The governing body says that “this unprecedented growth has been achieved through the continued development of new opportunities and support for anyone to start and to stay cycling – whether that be commuting, recreation or sport – ensuring that the inspiration created by our cycling stars is transferred into more people cycling at all levels, delivering on our vision of ‘inspiration to participation’.”

From the BBC:

The number of cyclists killed on Great Britain's roads rose by 10% in 2012, as the overall number of road deaths fell to its lowest since records began in 1926, according to official figures.

The number of deaths among cyclists rose from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012, the Department for Transport announced. But there was a total of 1,754 deaths on British roads in accidents reported to the police in 2012, it added. This was 8% lower than the equivalent figure for 2011.

BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said the cycling figures might be due to more people travelling by bicycle, mainly in London. It would lead to further calls for road designers to focus more on cycling safety, our correspondent added.


Graeme said...

whenever i see someone get astride a Boris bike and wobble off along a narrow cycle lane, I cross my fingers. But I suspect, without any evidence, that boris bikers are cautious and that it is the hard-core bikers who suffer...taking on the cars and trucks in the noble cause of the bike. But are there any stats? I have cycled in Amsterdam and felt safe....I would never feel safe in London, even with the cycle lanes...the traffic levels are infinitely greater on just about every road and there are no cycle-friendly by-passes.

The Stigler said...

The bloke I know that runs a bike shop reckons that Wiggins winning the Tour de France gave his business a huge boost, but the Olympics didn't much.