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Cyclist incidents in the UK: The bare facts

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Posted on 20th Jul, 2015 by Jonathan Peach

Cyclist injuries and fatalities on Britain’s roads are a real problem. In fact, the UK has the highest number of incidents involving cyclists and another vehicle than any other country in Europe, with numbers continuing to grow.

In recent weeks the Department for Transport released its latest figures on injuries and fatalities – which revealed there had been a 4% increase in reported incidents involving cyclists. With accidents happening in urban and rural areas, in daylight and at night and most commonly at, or near, a road junction, we’ve built technology that can been used in all these scenarios for the safeguarding of cyclists and pedestrians.

Key statistics: Cyclist collisions with vehicles on Britain’s roads

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  • Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas
  • Around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads
  • 75% of cyclist-vehicle collisions happen at, or near, a road junction, with T-junctions being most commonly involved
  • 80% of cyclist accidents occur in daylight; the most dangerous hours for cyclists being 8am to 9am on weekdays and 3pm to 6pm on weekdays.
  • 80% of cyclist casualties are male. 10-15 year olds are most at risk, closely followed by those 60+

Vision Techniques: What influences our technology?

Vision Techniques technology is powered by current problems and statistics. CLOCS, Crossrail and FORS are just a few of the initiatives that are hugely influential in the development of our technologies.

While much of our technology can be used by a wide number of vehicles, we design with HGVs in mind. HGVs present a particular danger for cyclists, particularly in London where 20% of cyclist fatalities are a result of a collision with a HGV. Usually these incidents occur when a HGV turns left at a junction – and occasionally when they are positioned too close to a rider. We’re always trying to get ahead of these problems by developing new technologies and improving existing ones to ensure HGV drivers feel confident in their job and cyclists remain safe.

With other common complaints, following accidents, being that a driver or rider failed to look properly, or that drivers turned poorly, we’ve made sure that our technology addresses these problems too. Flashing signs can alert cyclists of a vehicles’ presence while dashboard systems can alert a driver of a cyclist – even if they’re in a driver’s blindspot.

Spreading the word, for UK-wide cyclist safety

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Alongside developing technologies, we also attend a number of trade shows and events, raising awareness of the problems and highlighting the need to take advantage of our technology. Most recently we were at the Commercial Vehicle Show and concentrated our efforts on cycle-safety technology. Our top sellers like TurnSign and the whole TurnSafe range were demonstrated to attendees, as well as one of our newest products VT TurnAware.

To find out more about any of the products mentioned today, contact the Vision Techniques team on 08452 873 173.

Has Vision Techniques technology helped you to prevent any collisions with cyclists? If so, share your story in the comments below or tweet it to us @VisionTechnique