Fall in number of cyclists hurt on roads

The number of cyclists injured in England dropped during 2007 according to official figures.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said 13,368 cyclists were admitted to hospital in 2006-7, compared with 13,533 in 2005-6.

The number is almost 25 percent higher than five years ago, when just 10,795 cyclists received hospital treatment. However, areas such as Greater London have seen massive increases in the number of cycling journeys (doubing since 2002), with the number of accidents per mile cycled has fallen consistently.

In 2006-7, 1873 cyclists were injured after colliding with cars or vans, and 129 were in accidents involving lorries or buses.

Some 9191 cyclists were injured in incidents involving no other vehicles and 518 hit stationary objects. A further 208 collided with other cyclists, and 89 crashed into people or animals.

The minister provided the figures to shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley in a Commons written reply.