Accidents between cars and NSW cyclists double in two years

Date: Nov 15, 2013

New South Wales cyclists appear to be in more danger than ever, as new data has shown that the number of cyclists who have been killed in roadway crashes doubled in the past two years.

Recent statistics from cycling safety advocacy group the Amy Gillett Foundation show 15 cyclists have already been killed on roads throughout NSW in 2013 alone. This is up from seven who were killed in similar crashes last year.

The problem extends beyond NSW's state lines, though, with 46 cyclists dying in crashes around the country so far in 2013. However, the statistics show NSW appears to be an especially dangerous place for cyclists.

In just the past few weeks, Sydney has been the site of three fatal cycling accidents that involved motorists. In one accident, a 40-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a truck near St. Peters.

In another crash, a 45-year-old cyclist swerved to avoid a vehicle on the road, but was then struck by another car. She was then rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she was admitted with critical injuries, but died shortly after.

"We are greatly saddened by the loss of these three members of the community and we offer our condolences to their loved ones," said Bicycle NSW chief executive Alex Unwin.

Everyone needs to up their safety

Officials are now saying that the only way to lower the number of fatal crashes between cars and cyclists will be to encourage both parties to improve their safety.

Tracey Gaudry, chief executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation, said there are a few practices that both motorists and cyclists could adopt that would likely make the roads a much safer place.

"The loss of any life on the road is tragic and the recent bicycle rider fatalities, continuing a disastrous year, has devastated the broader cycling community," Ms Gaudry said.

"While road safety is improving for all road users on the whole, the same cannot be said for the safety of bicycle riders. While participation is rising, so are serious injuries and fatalities, at a higher rate."

She called for a "substantial commitment to change" if NSW hopes to achieve its goal of zero cyclist fatalities.

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