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Nottingham serious cycle crashes up by third

Serious road crashes involving cyclists have increased by more than a third in Nottinghamshire, police have said.

In 2011, two cyclists were killed and 87 seriously injured compared with three killed and 63 badly hurt in 2010 - a rise of 36%.

Another three have already been killed so far in 2012.

Officers said in two-thirds of cases, vehicle drivers were at fault and have begun a series of events to hand out high-visibility equipment to cyclists.

The number of cyclists sustaining slight injuries increased from 267 in 2010 to 293 last year.

Police said analysis of all collisions found about two-thirds were due to motorists not having seen cyclists or not giving them sufficient space while overtaking.

One-third of the incidents were due to poor cycling behaviour.

At a number of locations until 23 May, packs including a high-visibility backpack and jacket, as well as lights, will be offered to cyclists.

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