Road safety: cycling mortality on the rise

Over the last twelve months, the number of cyclists killed on the road has increased by 29% compared to 2019.

The numbers are worrying. With the advent of “coronapists”, these new cycle paths born during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of cyclists has exploded on the roads of France. The other side of the coin, the number of people killed has followed this movement.

According to the latest figures published by road safetythe number of cyclists killed on the roads over the last twelve months has increased by 29%: 242 people have died over this period compared to 2019 (pre-Covid reference period).

In May 2022, 22 cyclists were killed, a higher figure than May 2021 (20 killed) and above all compared to 2019 (6 dead). “This mortality is one of the highest for the months of May in the last 10 years” indicates the National Interministerial Observatory for Road Safety in its barometer.

Wearing the helmet in question

According to the 2021 road accident report, “one in three cyclists kills themselves alone, without impact with another user”, notes David Julliard, a statistic which “underlines the importance of precautionary measures, and in particular wearing a helmet , highly recommended”, if not compulsory for children over 12 years old.

“And that means that two out of three (cyclists), particularly in urban areas, are killed by other users,” notes Geneviève Laferrère, president of the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB). “We are worried, we are in a transition phase with a rising share of users which certainly explains this figure, but a place for cyclists which, structurally, is still not respected on the roads”, she adds to the AFP.

Faced with this risk, wearing a helmet – recommended but not compulsory for cyclists over 12 years old – “is progressing spontaneously among users, especially young people”, notes this specialist in cyclist safety. She observes that the number of accidents is higher among older cyclists.

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