Safety first plea as bike accidents rise

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Police are urging cyclists to wear helmets and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike after an increase in the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads.

Between April 2013 and July 2013, 53 cyclists were killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period the previous year.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard from the Road 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 and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing. We are dedicated to keeping cyclists safe on our roads and we are carrying out operations across the county to help to raise awareness of safe cycling.”

Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties and 10 per cent of those killed and injured in 2012.