Rise in the number of cyclists killed in Lancashire

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The number of cyclists killed on Lancashire’s roads has gone up, prompting a warning from the county’s police.

Between April and July this year, 53 people lost their lives in bike accidents.

In the same period in 2012, the figure was 29.

Releasing the data today, Lancashire Police urged cyclists to always wear a helmet and the correct safety clothing.

Chief Inspector Debbie Howard, from the force’s roads policing unit, said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.

“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when cycling on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.”

Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties on the county’s roads in 2012 and ten per cent of those who were killed or seriously injured.