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Brighton and Hove most dangerous UK city for cyclists and pedestrians
Brighton and Hove has been named as the most dangerous city for cyclists and pedestrians.
A total of 191 pedestrians and 157 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on the city’s roads, or one of every 745 people in the city.
London came second in the table with a rate of one person killed or seriously injured for every 831 people in 2010, the latest full figures available.
City cyclists said that they were not surprised by the findings but say that things are improving.
Adam Pride, from the Bricycles campaign group, said: “It certainly isn’t the nicest city to cycle in.
“The main problem is with drivers not giving enough space. I used to cycle in London a lot and that was certainly a lot easier.
“Bike lanes have made things a lot better with Old Shoreham Road in particular.”
Fellow cyclist Tony Green who was knocked of his bike in 2010, added: “It doesn’t surprise me at all.
“There’s much that needs to be done by the council to make cycling safer.”
The findings are part of the Campaign for Better Transport’s annual car dependency survey.
Cyclist Jo Walters died when she was hit by a truck on the A270 in July 2010. Her sister Lucy Johnston, 31, has been working with transport experts to help make the city safer for those on two wheels.
She said: “The council has listened to what we have had to say and I hope that things will improve.
“Cycling is still a great way to get around and I’ve found that the more cyclists in a city the safer it becomes.”
Ian Davey , the chair of the council’s transport committee, said: “To complement the recently completed improvements on Old Shoreham Road, our future plans include a number of measures to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists alongside continuing enhancements for public transport.
“These include 20mph speed limits in residential areas, new cycle and bus lanes in Lewes Road, road safety and public realm improvements at Seven Dials, changes at Brighton Station and the exciting Valley Gardens project.
“These projects will help improve the city for everybody however they choose to travel and reinforce our position as leaders in sustainable transport.”
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