Three cyclists were seriously hurt on the Safer Cycle Pathway in King Street, Hammersmith, west London, last year – equivalent to the total number of cyclist injuries in the three years before the bike lane opened.
The one-mile route also recorded an increase in slight injuries after 10 cyclists had minor collisions – more than double the number in 2019, before the lane was created.
The full extent of casualties is likely to be higher, because TfL’s collision data for 2022 is currently only available for just eight months to August.
Now road safety campaigners say they fear bi-directional bike routes – where cyclists travel both ways on a single route – can pose crash risks at junctions.
A serious injury is classified as requiring lengthy hospitalisation from broken or crushed bones, internal injuries, severe cuts or concussion. A slight injury includes whiplash and cuts.
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