Research carried out by The Times and ESRI UK has pinpointed the most dangerous road junctions in the United Kingdom and has pinpointed areas here cyclists in particular are being injured as frequently as every few weeks. The work put together by the newspaper and the GIS specialists at ESRI UK is part of The Times’ new Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign and shows a number of interactive maps, the most dangerous junctions identified.
The most dangerous junction found is in East London, close to where London 2012 took place and where cycling was made into a huge and popular sport thanks to British Olympians. Eight cyclists had been injured close to the junction of Stratford High Street and Warton Road with another two just a short distance away.
Overall the research by the partnership found that 75% of all cycling injuries recorded in the last year were within 30 metres of a junction or roundabout and this further pushes the agenda highlighted by the opening of London’s first cycle-friendly ‘early release’ junction.
The interactive maps show clearly where accidents have happened and how they pool around certain areas. Six of the top eight accident spots where in London in Deptford, Clapham, Peckham, Shoreditch and Stepney Green and the other areas in the top eight ere in Cambridge and Devon, with the A3072 near Beaworthy featuring as the only rural spot on the maps and six accidents occurred there last year.
Cycling Accidents and Casualties Increasing
The statistics released in June by the Department for Transport made disappointing reading, especially for cyclists. The number of cyclist casualties rose by 9.5% according to these statistics in 2014, with 21,287 casualties on record. This is highest number on record since 1999 and this only includes those accidents reported, with many more known to go unreported too. The number of these casualties seriously injured was 3,401 which is another increase.
Whilst the figures increasing is a concern it is also evidence that the number of people using bicycles is increasing too, which is something the government has encouraged, particularly in the wake of London 2012.
Many cycling campaigners have seen these maps as further evidence about how our roads need to change to save lives with the campaigns and policy director at CTC: the national cycling charity describing them as highlighting ‘the crying need to give cyclists greater safety and priority’ and the focus as has been the case for Transport for London has been on junctions and making them safer for all.