Rising toll of cyclists injured on Leeds streets

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New figures have revealed soaring rates of accidents involving cyclists on Leeds’s roads.

The number of pedal cyclists who have been injured on the city’s streets has increased from 257 in 2012 to 314 last year.

The news comes as council bosses say more people are taking to their bikes on the district’s roads.

Statistics from the Department for Transport show the number of casualties on the roads of Leeds have fallen from 2,748 to 2,433 in one year.

But they reveal that 15 people were killed on the city’s roads last year compared to four deaths on the roads of Manchester in 2013.

And the number of deaths on roads in West Yorkshire has increased from 49 in 2012 to 55 last year.

Council bosses have pledged to ensure that the number of cyclist casualties falls as part of the legacy from the Tour de France.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “We are pleased to note that the figures released by the Department for Transport today show that the number of road traffic casualties on the district’s roads has fallen to an all-time low.

“The number of injuries to cyclists has risen over the last year, but this has to be put into the context of far more cyclists riding their bikes on the district’s roads.

“As part of ongoing efforts to ensure a lasting legacy for the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, extensive work is being carried out to ensure the annual rate of cyclist casualties in the Yorkshire and Humber region is below the national rate for England for the next 10 years.

“This includes investment in the cycling infrastructure headed by the City Connect project, bikeability courses for school children and free adult cycle training.”

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A first aid charity has launched a free first aid app for cyclists after researched showed a rise in bike-related injuries.

Hundreds of thousands more cyclists have taken to the region’s roads prompting St John Ambulance to help cyclists equip themselves with lifesaving skills.

Cycling casualties across the country have risen two per cent to nearly 19,500 in 2013, compared to a fall in the number for other road users.

Regional director Simon Dunn said: “We know many cyclists have accidents on the road each year, sometimes resulting in injuries where first aid could have made a difference.

“We want to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber cycling communities are equipped with this essential knowledge, so that more cyclists can help when the unexpected happens.”

Visit www.sja.org.uk/cycling

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a special discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

To book your place on one of our special courses , telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses will be held at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on June 27, July 4, July 17, July 29, August 6, August 18, August 29, September 10, September 19, and September 26.

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