Safety call as cyclist deaths rise

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The Government has been urged to improve safety on the roads for cycling after an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.

The Sustrans charity said the official figures should “sound the alarm” among ministers.

The Department for Transport data showed a total of 203,950 casualties in all road accidents reported to the police last year, two per cent lower than in 2010. But Sustrans said the figures showed that the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed or seriously injured on British roads increased by 15 and five per cent respectively.

The charity’s policy adviser Joe Williams said: “These figures should be sounding the alarm right at the top of government.

“The Government must act now to save lives on our streets.”