Is my new commute more dangerous?
Looking at my old and new commutes on the excellent Guardian Data Blog’s Road Casualty map it would appear the chances of me being killed are about the same. Both routes have had 1 fatality in the last 11 years. My old commute’s fatality was on the road out of Ottershaw in 2005 a year when I would have ridden that road approximately 8 times a week.
A road that should be pretty safe but occasionally terrified me as motorists overtook when there was oncoming traffic. Including overtaking when I was the oncoming traffic. Always nice to have a car coming straight at you at 50+mph.
The new commute’s fatality is in my home town. Walton-on-Thames:
A 26 year old killed in 2002. Less than a mile from my start or end point. It looks like it is in the one way system around the old Library. This is not a cycle friendly place. The road surface is terrible and motorists seem to treat it as a bit of a race track when there is not much traffic or will squeeze past when there is.
Serious injuries tell a similar story the old commute scores 16 and the new 20 (average 19 on the route to work 21 on the return) on new commute, per mile that makes the new commuter a bit “safer”
Overall there is little you can learn from this.Without knowing how many cyclists are on the road this tells you nothing, roads that appear safe could just be so scary no cyclists use them equally roads that appear dangerous could just have more cyclists.
The bits that scare me almost certainly have very small numbers of cyclists. For example he A30 roundabout under the M25 at Runnymede at rush hour is such a place. I have no choice but to ride it but if you had a choice you would not. I’ve not seen a single other cyclist on it during my commute.
The total numbers are of course shocking and if compared with the numbers killed by terrorism in whose name we have been forced to give so much up even more so. I can’t get an exact figure for the numbers killed in terrorist incidents for the 11 years but what I have got suggest is is less than 100 and nearly all of those were in 7/7.
With 32,955 killed on the roads and less than 100 by terrorists. I think the government are fighting the wrong war.