Latest official statistics reveal that 83 cyclists lost their lives on Great Britain’s roads in the year to end-June 2023, a 22.5 per cent fall on the previous 12 months.
The report, Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates: year ending June 2023, was published yesterday, and covers crashes reported to the police.
The Department for Transport (DfT) counted all casualties – so, people who were seriously or slightly injured while riding their bikes – and in total there were 15,158 casualties during the year. This is down 8 per cent on the previous 12 months, and 19 per cent on the 2013 baseline figure.
Some caveats are needed. These are provisional figures, and do not include data from all GB police forces.
Also, it will not be until later that we can put the numbers into the context of how many miles cyclists are collectively riding each year.
Nevertheless, a down tick is a good thing – in the 15 years road.cc has been reporting on this issue, a fatality count of below 100 each year of people doing nothing more than riding their bike on the roads of England, Scotland and Wales is rare.
We will be analysing this data in more detail when the final figures are released.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.