From the Lancashire Evening Post. Presented without comment.
The number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads has almost doubled in a year.
Police said that between April 2013 and July 2013, 53 cyclists were killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period in 2012.
Now officers are urging cyclists to wear helmets and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.
Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.
“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.
“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.
Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties in Lancashire in 2012.