Cyclist numbers highest in 17 years

CTC: ‘Our prediction has come true’
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Government figures, published yesterday, have revealed that the number of cyclists has reached its highest level in 17 years.

The CTC has said that the figures back its own prediction that the credit crunch and high petrol prices would force a rise in the number of cyclists.

The cycling body also pointed out that a corresponding fall in the number of cyclist deaths backs its ‘Safety in Numbers’ policy:

“Official statistics prove that cycling is on the rise in Britain, yet casualties don’t appear to be rising at the same rate,” said CTC policy coordinator Chris Peck.

“This bears out CTC’s Safety in Numbers campaign which shows increased levels of cycling and safety go hand in hand.”

Cycling increased 12 per cent from 2007 to 2008 and cycling deaths fell to 115 from 136 – its second lowest level ever. Injuries also dropped, but only by one per cent.

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