Bike accidents are common in a city with so many cyclists. With a ray of sunshine, London is one of
the most beautiful cities in the world to cycle. There are countless bike paths and
bike lanes; there are also Cycle
This doesn’t mean it is not
dangerous. Other road users are often not very kind to cyclists, especially due to the number of bikes at rush hour
and the wrong attitude of many cyclist commuters, who think they always have priority no matter what, just because
they ride a bike. This results in many bike accidents. Also watch for buses; NEVER assume the driver has seen you.
In London there is a serious accident between a bicycle and a bus every day of the year. Bus drivers in
London work for up to 80 hours per week and they are often not as experienced as you would think. I know
this, because I used to be a driving instructor for buses in London.
How to Avoid Bike Accidents:
A good way to avoid bike accidents is to follow the rules of the
free Highway Code for bicycles.
It is much more important that you might think to stop at a red
light, especially when you are not familiar with the place.
Also wearing bright colours is much more important than most
people might think. I’ve heard it before: “... so if I don’t wear the High Visibility Vest other motorists won’t
see me?” The answer is yes and no. These are safety precautions
adopted after spending millions in safety studies. I remember once a bus driver telling me that he almost run over
an old lady on a bicycle, because she was wearing clothes similar to the surrounding on a dull day.
He was not stupid at all, he was just finishing a 12 hours killer
shift and he told me that if that old lady would have worn a High Visibility Vest, he would have seen her much
Sadly bus drivers in London are legally allowed (and often required to) work for up
to 13 hours a day, 80 hours per week.
On top of that they are legally allowed to drive for 13 days in a
row without rest days and with only a 30 minutes lunch break. Lunch
breaks often becomes of 20 minutes, because the time is calculated from the second they step off the
bus to the second they step on the next one.
So be careful; always assume they haven't seen you: wait, look,
listen and then go. Also remember that not everyone out there is happily enjoying a holiday with a
full stomach. Most accidents happen because a driver is angry, intollerant, sleepy or
Why do people cycle in
Education/escort education 6%
Other escort/personal business 6%
Some Accident Statistics:
90% of accidents occur in urban areas (where 77% of cycling takes
75% of accidents occur at or near a road junction (not stopping with a red light).
80% of accidents occur in daylight (mostly commuters).
80% of cyclist casualties are male (attitude problem - "I was first" or "I have priority").
25% of cyclist are hit by vehicle turning left (even if you have priority, always look and/or
17% of cyclist are hit by vehicle travelling alongside (don't race
other vehicles, it's stupid).
10% of cyclists are run into from behind (wear a high visibility
For cyclists "killed and seriously injured" the London Accident Analysis
Unit has identified these main contributory
29% other vehicle turns across or into the path of a
10% cyclist hit by, or swerves to avoid, open door.
9% cyclist rides into path of other vehicle.
7% no one else involved.
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