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Cyclist casualties almost double in Yorkshire district that hosted Tour de France

Number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in Richmondshire rose 90 per cent in 2016

 

The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured (KSI) in road traffic collisions in a part of Yorkshire that featured in the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France has almost doubled.

North Yorkshire County Council has now launched an investigation into how to reduce cycling casualties in the area, reports Richmondshire Today.

According to the local authority’s annual road casualty report, among all road users, the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Richmondshire fell by 17 per cent in 2016 compared to the average for the preceding four years.

However, during the same period, the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured rose by 90 per cent.

The report said: “This year’s total of 11 cyclists killed or seriously injured in Richmondshire is the joint highest for the county since records began.”

At a council meeting, Richmondshire Highways Manager Richard Marr, commenting on the casualty figures, said: “The worrying part of it is the cyclists.

“That has been rising every year since 2012,” he continued.

“There is work going on to see if there is anything different we can do from a highways authority perspective to deal with that.”

He said that increased cyclist casualties in Richmondshire and in North Yorkshire as a whole might be linked to growth in cycling in the area due to the interest created by the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and other events such as the Tour de Yorkshire.

The district will also host next year's UCI road cycling world championships, with all events finishing in Harrogate.

The local authority is now studying police incident reports to discover whether there are some common factors at work and what steps could be taken to reduce casualties, such as placing warning signs at particularly hazardous locations.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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