The Birmingham outer ring road is the most dangerous route for cyclists in the city, a new study has revealed.

Official police data shows there were 52 incidents on the A4040 between 2015 and 2017 in which a cyclist was seriously or slightly hurt. Some 13 of those involved serious injuries.

The A38 was second, with 33 injuries to cyclists, five of which were serious.

The A5127 saw 23 cyclist casualties - including one who was killed and seven who were seriously injured. The A4540 saw 23 people hurt, five seriously.

The analysis only includes accidents which actually took place in Birmingham - even if the road in question goes on to other places.

Overall, the data shows, 831 cyclists were hurt or killed in accidents on roads in the city over the three-year period.

The number has actually been rising slightly, with 278 casualties in 2015, 273 in 2016 and 280 in 2017.

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Some 157 of the injuries were classed as serious, while 669 were classed as slight.

There were five fatal injuries to cyclists between 2015-17 in Birmingham, the police records suggest.

An eight-year-old boy was killed on the A5127 in August 2016; a 24-year-old man on a minor road in July 2017; a 32-year-old woman on the A441 in October 2017; a 37-year-old man on a minor road in February 2017; and a 42-year-old man on the A45 in March 2015.

The majority of the cyclist casualties - 728 out of 831 - were male.

Some 333 were young adults aged between 20-39, while 235 were aged 40-59.

A further 129 were teenagers and 65 were children aged under 13.

More than a quarter of incidents that caused injury to cyclists - 235 in all - took place between 3pm and 6pm.

September was the month with the most cyclist casualties - 91 in all - followed by October with 90 and July with 88.

Three quarters of injuries (627) happened during daylight, and the vast majority (662) when the weather was fine and there were no high winds.

Across Britain as a whole, 303 cyclists were killed on the roads between 2015-17.

The number has remained largely static during that time, having stood at 100 in 2015, 102 in 2016, and 101 in 2017.

The total number killed or hurt - whether seriously or slightly - has dropped marginally from 18,845 in 2015 to 18,476 in 2016 and 18,321 in 2017.

It means an average of 51 cyclists are hurt or killed on British roads every day.

The A3 - which runs from London to Portsmouth - was the most dangerous road for cyclists across the UK.

It saw 398 cyclist casualties over the three years - of whom one was killed, 56 seriously hurt and 341 slightly hurt.

The A4 (London to Avonmouth) saw 352 casualties, the A23 (London to Brighton) saw 318 and the A11 (London to Norwich) saw 296.

 

Mike Bristow, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity said: “What these figures show is that our roads are no longer fit for purpose and as a result, cyclists are becoming increasingly more at risk.

“We need to see investment from government to improve our towns and cities to accommodate for all means of transport.”

Nick Lloyd, acting head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said it was important to recognise that more people overall were cycling - meaning the number of accidents per cyclist was going down at a faster rate than the absolute numbers suggest

He added: “The key to increasing cycling, and so gaining all the health and environmental benefits that result from cycling, is to create a safe on- and off-road cycling environment, improve driver and cyclist attitudes and behaviour towards each other, and to produce safer vehicles that reduce the risk to cyclists.”

 

Roger Geffen, policy director at Cycling UK, said: “The Government says it wants to reduce the risks of cycling and encourage a lot more people to cycle for day-to-day journeys.

“However this will involve investing a lot more of the overall transport budget in creating safe and convenient cycle route networks.

“It needs to become a safe and normal activity for men and women, grandparents and grandchildren alike, as it is in Denmark or the Netherlands. 

“We could all then benefit from safer, cleaner and healthier streets and communities, and a better quality of life.”

The most dangerous roads for cyclists in Birmingham

ROAD // KILLED // SERIOUSLY HURT // SLIGHTLY HURT // TOTAL KILLED OR INJURED

A4040 // 0 // 13 // 39 // 52

A38 // 0 // 5 // 28 // 33

A4540 // 0 // 5 // 18 // 23

A5127 // 1 // 7 // 15 // 23

A441 // 1 // 3 // 17 // 21

A34 // 0 // 3 // 17 // 20

A41 // 0 // 3 // 17 // 20

A45 // 1 // 4 // 13 // 18

A435 // 0 // 1 // 15 // 16

B4128 // 0 // 2 // 9 // 11