Daily Archives: January 21, 2010

Oxford’s not too dangerous for cyclists

I PLACED A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION request to Oxfordshire County Council to find out how many people were injured in Oxford between the years 2005-2009.

Why did I do that? Because Oxford is pretty cycle friendly – and even pedestrian friendly for that matter. There’s plenty of cycle lanes, the speed limit is 20MPH in many areas, and there’s heaps and heaps of students. Plus the buses are quite expensive.

The results are encouraging, considering the city is quite bike rich. Here’s the table those nice people from Oxfordshire County Council sent me under the FOI Act. Two deaths in five years doesn’t seem too bad to me, although 100% bad for the two individuals involved.  Oxfordshire, in conjunction with Oxford City Council, is also pretty good at devising schemes to make the roads even safer for people living here.

The figures for 2009, marked * are for the months January to November, no data being available for December. Here’s the response to my FOI request.

Oxford pedal cyclist injuries 2005-2009
Fatal
Serious
Slight
Total
2005
0
16
142
158
2006
0
33
113
146
2007
1
20
132
152
2008
0
20
143
163
2009*
1
26
121
148