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Casualty Statistics 2005-2012

These charts and tables have been sourced from Travel Independent’s statistics for Hammersmith and Fulham and are based on Department for Transport casualty data, with some overall data added from the Department for Transport’s annual report. A road casualty is someone who is killed or seriously injured on the roads. It’s important to understand that there is no entirely accurate figure for deaths and especially injuries on the roads. The deaths of people on our roads should not be mere statistics, thankfully as a matter of policy TfL do aim to name every person killed who was riding a bike so we can name three of the four deaths in this period and give some context (see end).

To set this in some national context, here is the commentary in the latest Department for Transport (DfT) report (2012 report, page 22).

Pedal cycle KSI casualties have risen steadily since 2004 as have cycling traffic levels.
In 2012 the number was 32 per cent higher than the 2005-09 average; over the same
period pedal cycle traffic increased by 12 per cent

This is clearly a challenge to the belief that many have that there is a safety in numbers effect for cycling. What is also interesting is the distribution of casualties. As DfT have it:

The three vulnerable road user groups (pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists) between them account for almost 50 per cent of all deaths and 60 per cent of all seriously injured casualties.

Proportion of reported casualties by road user type and severity, adjusted for distance  travelled per year, Great Britain: 2012 (page 23 of linked report)
Proportion of reported casualties by road user type and severity, adjusted for distance
travelled per year, Great Britain: 2012 (page 23 of 2012 report)

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Agenda for October 2013 meeting

Meeting on Tuesday 8th October 2013, 7;15PM for a 7:30PM start

At the home of John Griffiths, 122C Edith Road W14 9AP – [corner of North End Road]

07789 095 748 john [at] truefeelings.com

There will be refreshments, please RSVP to John as early as you can to confirm you are able to make it. Apologies may go to John or Alex.

  1. Welcome to new members
  2. Update on ongoing issues – Hammersmith Bridge, Superhighway 9
  3. Flyunder Summit
  4. Update on website and social media
  5. Space4Cycling and involving the membership
  6. Central LCC matters – AGM on Saturday 19th October
  7. Expenses
  8. Date and Venue for next meeting
  9. Any Other Business?

Hammersmith Flyunder – The Story So Far

In the winter of 2011/12 the Hammersmith Flyover on the A4 road heading from Central London towards Heathrow had restrictions placed on it as an emergency measure due to unforeseen deterioration in the structure. Around £10m was spent on the emergency work to keep the flyover usable for some years.

A group of local architects proposed that the best way to deal with the Hammersmith Flyover was to replace it with a ‘flyunder’, a tunnel running through Hammersmith for the A4 road. This scheme got some traction with the media and council, as this BBC report from May 2013 shows.

In the wake of the Mayor’s Road Task Force report, which had some focus on the A4 corridor, Hammersmith and Fulham council have appointed a champion, created a webpage for comments, organised a summit and created some groups to discuss the flyover of which we are involved in one. The plan is to come up with a proposal before the local elections in 2014 to pass to TfL to develop the fuller plan.

Meanwhile, the Hammersmith Flyover sits being repaired at great expense by TfL, and they tell the construction press it will be “open for traffic for decades to come” after a combined repair cost of around £70m

Interpreting the cycling figures for Hammersmith and Fulham in the 2011 Census

Earlier in the year statistics from the 2011 census caused quite a stir amongst cycle campaigners. Hackney rejoiced that cycling was becoming a greater proportion of commuting journeys than driving and meanwhile Cyclists in the City made some lovely charts which also show that Hammersmith & Fulham is one of the leading cycling boroughs in London (we’re 4th).

Percentage of people who travel to work and do so by bicycle 2011 census cyclistsinthecity2

To find out what that actually means locally we thought we should examine the figures with a purely Hammersmith and Fulham focus. The Office of National Statistics provide a map tool to compare 2001 and 2011 census data. For the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham this provides the following table for comparing journeys to work. Note that such commuting journeys are typically the highest modal share for cycling, rather than utility (shopping, visiting your relatives) and leisure (heading for Richmond Park on a sunny afternoon). The figure for cycling as a share of all trips is typically around 2-3%.

Journey to Work, 2011 Local Authority Name: Hammersmith and Fulham

2001 2011
Work mainly at or from home (%) 8.88 10.75
Underground, metro, light rail, tram (%) 37.63 37.79
Train (%) 3.67 4.26
Bus, minibus or coach (%) 10.71 13.39
Taxi (%) 0.51 0.37
Motorcycle, scooter or moped (%) 2.2 2.06
Driving a car or van (%) 17.97 11.07
Passenger in a car or van (%) 1.03 0.68
Vehicle Occupancy Rate 1.06 1.06
Bicycle (%) 4.75 7.12
On foot (%) 12.13 11.99
Other method of travel to work (%) 0.52 0.53

The 2011 data has been provided at a ward level, which gives us this thrilling league table, and the knowledge that as a whole, Hammersmith and Fulham has 7,088 (approximately) resident cycle commuters in a population of 145,552.

Ward Bicycle %
Palace Riverside 357 9.22%
Askew 656 8.44%
Munster 548 8.33%
Ravenscourt Park 448 7.83%
Fulham Reach 497 7.70%
Fulham Broadway 469 7.60%
Shepherd’s Bush Green 521 7.55%
Sands End 489 7.32%
Addison 500 7.15%
Hammersmith Broadway 444 7.06%
Town 452 6.80%
Parsons Green and Walham 367 6.21%
Wormholt and White City 346 5.96%
Avonmore and Brook Green 400 5.90%
North End 407 5.90%
College Park and Old Oak 187 4.51%

It is of course also valuable to look at this data over a longer period and examine the change in behaviour.

Year Working Population Change Cycling to work % Change Cyclists Change
1991 64,760 3.80% 2,461
2001 83,023 28% 4.75% 25% 3,943 60%
2011 99,618 20% 7.12% 50% 7,088 80%

The working population of Hammersmith and Fulham has gone up strongly over the past two censuses. The proportion of cyclists in the working population has grown at 25% in 1991-2001 and then 50% in 2001-2011. Meanwhile the absolute number of cyclists has grown by 80% from just under 2,500 to just under 4,000 in 1991-2001 and then to over 7,000 in 2001-2011.

Strong that growth may sound, Hammersmith and Fulham actually missed the targets that had been set nationally, these targets were to double 1996 levels of cycling by 2002, and to double them by 2012. Amusingly after the 2002 target was missed the 2012 target was to increase on 1996 to triple or quadruple! It’s also worth noting that a previous vision for cycling, the London Cycle Network (LCN) envisaged a 10% modal share by around 2012 as well. The Mayor’s Cycling Vision more sanely proposes a doubling of cycling, again over ten years.

That would take us to 14,000 commuting cyclists (assuming the growth is even in commuting, and that Hammersmith evenly with London) making a 14% share of journeys, assuming the population is stable. However, with opportunity areas and many housing developments in the borough the absolute capacity of cyclists necessary to plan for may be far higher.  What matters, is that as the earlier tables showed a 14% share of commuting journeys for cycling would almost certainly make it the second most popular mode of travel to work after the tube, and more popular than buses.

RideLondon 2013

On the weekend of 9/10 August 2013, the revamped, rescheduled and renamed annual festival of cycling supported by TfL RideLondon took place. The media focus was largely on the Sunday which saw Boris Johnson and around 16,000 others take part in a marathon style challenge to ride 100 miles in Surrey and back (via Hammersmith and Fulham over the flyover) and then a professional race later in the day.

We meanwhile, had a strong involvement in the Saturday even, a ‘freecycle’ enabling 50,000 people including many families with members young and old alike to cycle in safety and pleasure on closed roads around St James’s Park, along the embankment up to Tower Hill and back. 70 fellow riders accompanied us from out start in Brook Green.

Collision Maps

Levenes Solicitors (who specialise in claims for people on bikes) have a map of fatalities and injuries sustained by people on bikes since 2005
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Here are some quick links with sample postcodes to see that map looking at Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith and Fulham town centres.

They also have full details of compensation they claimed for a woman who suffered long term injuries after being injured by a car crossing her path in the borough.

Covering a longer period, is iCycleLiverpool’s map of cycling fatalities since 1985.

Screenshot of LBHF Cycle Fatalities 1985-2013