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  • "A lot of people like to throw blame around for accidents that do happen, but what these statistics hide is that for every accident there will be 50 near misses. I have had plenty, and each time I always ask what I could have done differently to avoid it. Given that all of my near misses on a bike are out on open road and are either being squeezed by an overtaking driver or having a driver pass me and immediately turn left. What could I have done differently?! I had hi viz and lights on, in all cases the driver saw me, because overtaking is a conscious decision. The only thing I could possibly have done differently is to ride wider of the kerb so that I have somewhere to swerve when the wing mirror almost hits my handlebars or not gone out at all.
    So when I read these kinds of story I always count myself as lucky that so far I have only had near misses.
    20mph speed limits won't work, people don't obey the 30 limit, let alone 20. Worst offenders always seem to be the locals too.
    I do raise a serious question though, if the only thing that the government can do to ensure pedestrian and cycle safety is ban them from entering our roads, do we have something seriously wrong?!"
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Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Appeals for more 20 mph zones

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FIGURES released by the Welsh Government showed that 100 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads last year.

The statistics also showed that 63 young people were killed or seriously injured as pedestrians.

The majority of casualties occurred in areas with a 30mph speed limit, with no child cycling casualties occurring in 20mph zones in Wales.

Sustrans Cymru, a charity encouraging people to travel by bike, foot or public transport, is appealing for more 20mph zones across the country in a bid to reduce the number of casualties.

The charity’s national director Jane Lorimer said: “Every child hurt or killed on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“The Minister for Transport has spoken about the need to make the walk to school safer and these figures indicate she is absolutely right. The figures also show that cyclists remain most likely to be injured at junctions and when simply heading straight on”.

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