Although being extremely beneficial for the environment and peoples health, the rise in the number of bike users (alongside the number of motorists) has seen a dramatic decrease in the safety of our cyclists. It was revealed just over a year ago that cyclists are 71 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than those using a vehicle. This is a problem that is only going to grow with the numbers of motorists and cyclists increasing rapidly, and action needs to be taken in the form of safer and more protected cycle routes in order to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities in cycling accidents.
Over the recent years, there has been an abundance of ideas that have been thought up to improve the safety and efficiency of our roads for cyclists and motorists, 3 of which are shown in more detail below:
SUSPENDED CYCLE PATHS
The innovation has proven to be a massive success, with plans to construct more around the world in the near future being heard of. Not only did this design aid traffic issues, but it has created a safer and efficient crossing for cyclists and motorists.
Since then they have become a lifesaver for cyclists who previously would be using roads alongside hundreds of vehicles, putting their lives at risk every day just through commuting. The introduction of cycle superhighways has seen a rise in confident cyclists, and a dip in the number of accidents occuring between vehicles and bikes. In fact, accidents are proven to be declining: figures from Cycling UK show 33 deaths out of 90m London cycle journeys in 1989, falling to nine out of 270m journeys in 2016.
GLOW IN THE DARK CYCLE PATHS
Not only is this path creating a safer journey, but is eco friendly, as its glow in the dark properties allows a very minimal amount of street lighting to be installed. It also allows non-cyclists to see the path, meaning there will be a further reduced chance of pedestrians or vehicles getting involved in an accident with any cyclists.