Trumpington Road is a cycling accident blackspot

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Statistics Company Mapmechanics has published a report detailing the locations of the most cycling accidents in the UK. The data was collected using statistics from the Department of Transport from 2009 to 2015, and first published in The Sunday Times. The junction between Trumpington Road and Lensfield Road was the blackspot with the third highest number of accidents over the period: 34.

The junction is at a mini-roundabout near the Royal Cambridge Hotel, Hot Numbers café, and the Department of Engineering. The worst location for cycling accidents in the country was the junction of Millbank and Lambeth Bridge in central London. There were a total of 53 accidents at this location, including one which was fatal for 55-year-old cyclist, Moira Gemmill, in the year 2015.

The location with the second highest number of accidents from 2009-2015 was in Oxford. The roundabout joining Iffley Road and Cowley road, close to Magdalen College, saw 45 accidents over the period.

The rest of the top ten cycling accident blackspots were all located in London. Three cyclists were killed in accidents in London within four days this month, leading to a protest where cyclists lay down in the road with their bicycles at the roundabout where Moira Gemmill was killed last year.

Chris Boardman, the British cycling policy adviser, told The Times: “Cycling infrastructure in the UK is way behind that of our European neighbours. Without it, we will not get more people doing normal everyday things like the school run and the shopping unless they feel safe.”

Earlier this month, Cambridge city council spent over £250,000 developing a new cycle route intended to make it safer to travel by bicycle in the city. The route runs through the Babraham research campus and will make travelling from the villages on the outskirts of Cambrdidge much safer. It was launched on 2 February with a group cycle ride. 

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