Leicester bicycle crash injuries at 10-year high

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The number of cyclists injured on Leicester's roads has hit a 10-year high, according to official figures.

The city council said 170 accidents were reported in the 12 months to April - a 20% increase on the previous year.

The authority, which has just launched a survey of cycle use, said it wanted to make the roads safer.

Cycle Magic, which promotes cycling in the city, said riders and drivers could do more to avoid accidents but added poor road surfaces were also a factor.

The council has launched an online survey to ask residents about their transport choices and gauge interest in a possible cycle hire scheme.

'Dreadful' roads

But officials recognise many people are put off by the perceived danger.

Adam Clark, who represents the Aylestone ward and has campaigned on cycling issues, admitted the council could do more.

"I am certainly in favour of 20mph zones, where people want them and where the emergency services agree they should be.

"By increasing 20mph zones we will get more cyclists on the street and reduce the speed of traffic, which is better for the environment and I think it will be better for us to lead slightly slower lives."

Roger Lovell, from Cycle Magic, said: "The problem is threefold. The quality of the road surface is absolutely dreadful and you have to swerve in and out of the potholes.

"There has been an increase in cars and the speed of cars, and also some cyclists do take risks, jumping red lights, and we have to work on that."

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