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Cycling safety statistics

Cycling Oxford

Since I moved to Sydney, I’ve basically stopped cycling, barring a few rides, and only one of those on a road bike.

I found the following statistics and posted them on Facebook, but I thought maybe some of you might want to have a look and do some analysis of the figures as well. What do the figures mean? Which city/state/country is the safest?

London: Population 8M, 407 cyclist deaths and serious injuries 1st 9 months of 2011

Singapore: Population 5M, 500 cyclist casualties (including 15 fatalities) in 2011

NSW: Population 7M, 52 fatal pedestrian crashes, no separate category for cyclists among vehicles (?) at

Australia: 22M, 26 to 46 cyclist deaths per year, 2000 to 2005. “More meaningful Australian data on cycling crashes is difficult to access due the lack of exposure data for cycling, differences in police and hospital data records, lack of data retained by road traffic authorities and the fact that many cycling accidents occur off-road”

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Take these statistics with a pinch of salt – It’d be good to track down the sources at and evaluate their reliability, if you can find them…

Fact of the day

Boil your kettle 17½ times to generate as much greenhouse gases as you would by sending one e-mail attachment of 4.7MB

– Matthew Yeager, person in charge of data storage for Computacenter, Europe’s largest IT infrastructure company, via the BBC

Statistic of the day

94% of all commerce depends on two types of engine — the turbine engine and the diesel engine.

John Hofmeister
Founder and CEO Citizens for Affordable Energy and
Former President of Shell Oil
in an interview on BBC GlobalNews


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