The number of road collisions involving cyclists has doubled since lockdown began, according to new insight from Co-op Insurance.
The insurer is anticipating that following the government’s announcement of a £2billion package to create emergency bike lanes and streets to support the transport network, sales of bicycles will continue to increase and could lead to novice riders venturing onto busy roads.
As part of its commitment to help keep communities safe, the insurer in partnership with road safety charity, Brake, is therefore urging both motorists and cyclists to take extra care when on the roads.
The claims made regarding the doubling of cyclist collisions is based on Co-op Insurance data between 20 March and 28 May 2020.
Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at Co-op, said: “It’s clear that lockdown is prompting many people to start new hobbies and forms of exercise including cycling and whilst this is great to see, it’s unfortunately leading to an increase in collisions.
“We’re therefore urging motorists to give plenty of space to cyclists and be mindful of all other road users when driving. We’re also reminding cyclists to remain safe and alert by following road safety guidelines when using the roads to help improve the wellbeing of communities.”
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at Brake, said: “These new figures from Co-op Insurance, indicating a huge increase in claims for collisions with cyclists, are very concerning. We implore all drivers to always keep well within speed limits and to be extra vigilant as people use local roads for their daily exercise.
“It’s vital that drivers are aware of the risk they pose to other, more vulnerable, road users and to make sure they slow down, only overtake when absolutely safe to do so and always leave plenty of room.
“Every crash impacts lives and increases the burden on our stretched emergency services and NHS.”