The Dorset Cyclists’ Network (DCN) have called for more action on cycle safety after the Bournemouth and Poole area topped national statistics for cycling casualties.
John Hayter of the DCN has called on the council to “do more” to reduce cycling casualties in Bournemouth
Mr Hayter has suggested more “on road cycle lanes” for commuting cyclists and that shared spaces have an “important role”.
This comes as most recent figures from 2015 show Bournemouth and Poole with a combined total of 1,120 cycling casualties.
This is consistent with figures from the past five years which show Bournemouth and Poole leading in England.
These figures come despite large, and controversial, investments in infrastructure for cyclists, such as the segregated cycle lanes on Castle Lane and Gravel Hill.
Transport portfolio for Bournemouth council, Mike Greene responded: “We try to make everything as safe as we can for cyclists.”
He also went on to link student cyclists to the figures, saying that a “large proportion” of Bournemouth’s problems with cycling casualties is “to do with students.”
He also raised concerns over new plans to add a fourth arm to Talbot Roundabout, leading into Bournemouth University.
The plans were approved by Poole Council, despite objections from Bournemouth Council, over safety concerns, particularly for cyclists.
Responding to the criticism, Borough of Poole said: “The proposed fourth arm is designed to help ease some of the current pressures including congestion on the Fern Barrow roundabout.”
On safety concerns they reassured students that: “Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit from a number of safety improvements.”