There are about 500,000 regular (several times a week) cyclists in London. So the risk of dying last year was 1:100,000. Is that a large risk? There are about 5 million people regularly walking about in London. Last year 71 were killed in road traffic collisions. This is a risk of 1:70,000. OK, last year had rather low cycle fatalities while the figure for pedestrians was higher than expected. But you can see that the risk of being a pedestrian is not much different from the risk of being a cyclist.
There is a clear message :
- The risk of being killed while cycling is very low
- This risk is falling steadily, year on year.