20mph zones create a more attractive and safer environment for all road users and increase cycling, which is the most effective way of reducing road casualties.
In cities where cycling levels are very buoyant such as York and London, cycling is getting safer. Cycling in London has doubled in 5 years, and the numbers killed have dropped by almost 50 per cent since the mid-90s.
A statement from CTC said: "It is important not to take single years in isolation as fluctuations can happen when small numbers are concerned. Since the mid 90s the number of cyclists who have been killed or seriously injured has fallen by 37 per cent – from 3,732 to 2,360 per year."
148 cyclists were killed in 2005.
Kevin Mayne, Director of CTC said We are reassured that the long term trend is falling casualty numbers but the Government must recognise that safety in numbers works – the more cyclists that are using the roads, the safer cycling becomes. So they must keep promoting cycling as well as taking positive steps on safety.
Liberal Democrat shadow transport secretary, Alistair Carmichael MP said:
"There has been worrying rise in the number of deaths and serious injuries for cyclists in the last year. Although this rise may simply be down to an increase in the number of cyclists on our roads the Government should take a close look at the reasons behind it."