In 2014 alone 113 British pedal cyclists died and 3,401 were seriously injured as a result of road accidents.
According to Bournemouth Borough Council statistics, from 2009-2013 there was an average of 150 road accidents in Bournemouth involving pedal cyclists.
On 11th November 2015 Bournemouth Council gave ‘The Lansdowne Bournemouth Delivery Plan’ the go-ahead and the Council is now working on a Delivery Action Plan to start the projects promised by the development plan.
Among several other transport link improvements, major cycle lane investments have been promised for Lansdowne Road, Christchurch Road, Holdenhurst Road and many more.
Local cycling enthusiast and Bournemouth University Student Mr. Matthew Thornhill, aged 19, says: “I cycle to university every day, and there are some parts of the cycle paths that just cut off abruptly.
“I think it would be really beneficial to both cyclist and general-road-user safety to increase the amount and quality of cycle paths in the area.
I am excited to see the council’s improvements and I hope it encourages other residents to cycle more often.”
In a recent survey conducted, 60% of Bournemouth residents asked said they thought there weren’t enough cycle lanes, with 40% agreeing they would be more likely to cycle if the number increased.
The transport link improvements (including the new cycle lanes) are expected to be finished within the next two to seven years.