Great overview of the recent Sustrans report.
Cycling activist and writer David Hembrow has written a clear statement on the need to treat cycling safety as three different things. He describes “actual”, “subjective” and “social” safety. It’s in his blog here: http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/three-types-of-safety.html [first posted in 2008 and amended in December 2011]
This year, Safe Cycling has becomes a public issue, with The Times running a campaign and Parliament planning a debate in the House of Commons this week. Anticipating the debate and riding the heightened awareness, the Sustrans website has published findings from a telephone survey of 1,002 people aged 16 and over in the countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The headline is a bit stark:
“Half of people in UK fear our roads are unsafe for cycling”
The web summary of the Sustrans findings is here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-sustrans/media/news-releases/half-of-people-in-uk-fear-our-roads-are-unsafe-for-cycling
For most people that will be all you need.
However, for a closer look…
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