The gist of the safety in numbers idea is that the more people cycling, the safer cycling becomes. As cycling becomes more visible and more normalised so motorists tune in and expect to see cyclists on the road. The more cyclists that are seen to be using the road, the more likely it is that others will take up /resume cycling. It becomes ordinary behaviour.
It has come to the attention of the campaign that data recently analysed by Leeds City Council shows that the risk of cycling in Kirklees has increased. The data sets are far from comprehensive, but show that Kirklees figured ahead of other West Yorkshire authorities in 2011, but considerably worsened its position in 2016. We will contact the author and seek to show the results once we have informed consent. The author is Jean Siakeu a member of the road collisions team.
The figures are based around the safety in numbers concept which can be researched by following many of the links below:
(the excel sheet on above link suggests that Kirklees position may be higher than Leeds data reports)
|City/Area||Pop||Cycling exposure||Annual Avg Residents Cyclists Injured||% of Cyclists injured||Level of cycling (cyclists over 1000 persons)||Risk per 1000 cyclists|