Considerate Cycling 21 : League of the Least Gentle

The data for road casualties posted by the Department For Transport yesterday (September 27th 2012) at http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/reported-road-casualties-great-britain-annual-report-2011 are full of disappointments and minor excitements, spread across 145 Excel files. The table that caught my dolefully morbid eye was a list of English local authorities, each with numbers of people reported as killed or seriously injured estimated “per billion vehicle kilometres travelled” in the years since 2005.

My link gives the context but here is the table, ranked in descending order of number of “KSIs” (people killed plus those injured seriously enough to have been a hospital as an in-patient).

rank order Local Authority

2005-09 average

2010

2011

% change over 2010

% change over 2005-09 average

1

City of London

251

226

278

23

11

2

Islington

185

181

227

25

23

3

Lambeth

207

196

216

10

4

4

Hackney

229

194

214

10

-7

5

Camden

233

220

201

-8

-14

6

Westminster

273

204

179

-12

-34

7

Southwark

167

207

160

-23

-4

8

Isle of Wight

122

132

153

16

25

9

Kensington and Chelsea

193

145

150

4

-22

10

Southampton

82

114

140

23

71

11

Haringey

154

140

139

0

-9

12

Hammersmith and Fulham

180

127

139

9

-23

13

Wandsworth

146

119

137

15

-7

14

Blackpool

133

118

130

10

-2

15

Lewisham

150

136

129

-5

-14

16

Brighton and Hove

112

101

127

26

14

17

Portsmouth

75

73

115

57

53

18

Tower Hamlets

130

93

110

19

-15

19

Waltham Forest

124

94

104

10

-16

20

Nottingham

109

89

98

10

-10

21

Southend-on-Sea

112

97

97

0

-13

22

Blackburn with Darwen

101

85

96

13

-5

23

Reading

78

75

95

26

22

24

Croydon

111

74

93

26

-16

25

Kingston upon Hull, City of

96

94

92

-3

-5

26

Liverpool

96

105

90

-15

-7

27

Bradford

101

86

90

4

-11

28

Bournemouth

93

93

90

-4

-4

29

Barnet

87

79

88

13

1

30

Richmond upon Thames

87

90

88

-3

1

31

Greenwich

104

97

86

-11

-17

32

Barking and Dagenham

95

81

83

2

-12

33

Lincolnshire

69

78

82

5

19

34

Brent

114

92

82

-11

-28

35

Newham

90

84

80

-5

-11

36

Birmingham

80

73

80

10

0

37

North East Lincolnshire

113

76

79

5

-30

38

Merton

102

64

78

21

-24

39

Sefton

81

66

77

17

-5

40

Coventry

63

50

75

51

20

41

Wirral

94

65

75

15

-20

42

Sutton

103

79

72

-8

-30

43

East Sussex

88

76

72

-5

-18

44

Oldham

71

73

69

-6

-3

45

Bristol, City of

67

57

69

20

2

46

Redbridge

83

73

68

-7

-18

47

Bromley

110

74

67

-10

-39

48

Leicester

59

61

67

9

13

49

Wolverhampton

72

71

66

-6

-8

50

Enfield

69

62

66

7

-4

51

Manchester

81

63

66

4

-19

52

Nottinghamshire

74

60

65

8

-11

53

Harrow

95

69

65

-6

-32

54

West Sussex

63

52

64

22

1

55

Poole

66

67

64

-5

-4

56

Northumberland

73

59

61

4

-15

57

Kirklees

75

53

61

17

-19

58

Sheffield

94

60

61

1

-35

59

Calderdale

73

54

60

11

-17

60

Luton

69

76

59

-22

-14

61

Sandwell

57

54

59

8

3

62

Cheshire West and Chester

61

48

59

22

-4

63

Lancashire

76

62

59

-5

-23

64

North Lincolnshire

77

66

58

-12

-24

65

North Yorkshire

79

62

58

-8

-27

66

East Riding of Yorkshire

70

60

56

-6

-20

67

Suffolk

60

50

55

10

-7

68

St. Helens

50

35

55

58

11

69

Hartlepool

57

47

55

17

-3

70

Cheshire East

62

55

54

-2

-12

71

Slough

55

49

54

11

-1

72

Bexley

92

73

54

-26

-42

73

Ealing

101

69

54

-22

-47

74

Dudley

70

55

54

-2

-24

75

Derby

63

53

53

0

-16

76

Dorset

68

56

53

-5

-22

77

Plymouth

40

43

52

22

30

78

Bedford

68

49

52

6

-24

79

Hampshire

42

43

51

21

22

England as a whole

60

50

51

2

-15

80

Wakefield

61

61

51

-17

-16

81

County Durham

56

48

51

6

-8

82

Stoke-on-Trent

47

33

51

55

8

83

York

79

49

51

2

-36

84

Havering

65

43

50

17

-24

85

Tameside

55

50

49

-3

-10

86

Newcastle upon Tyne

58

56

49

-13

-17

87

Oxfordshire

47

54

48

-10

3

88

Leeds

57

50

48

-3

-14

89

Kingston upon Thames

64

46

48

4

-25

90

Hounslow

72

64

48

-25

-33

91

Doncaster

47

50

48

-4

1

92

South Tyneside

62

48

47

-3

-25

93

Cornwall

51

41

47

13

-8

94

Medway

59

43

46

8

-21

95

Wiltshire

51

42

46

11

-10

96

Cambridgeshire

56

47

46

-1

-18

97

Cumbria

58

43

46

8

-21

98

Walsall

62

51

46

-10

-26

99

Darlington

53

42

46

8

-14

100

Essex

60

49

46

-6

-24

101

Torbay

52

48

44

-7

-16

102

Norfolk

56

43

44

1

-21

103

Sunderland

57

53

44

-17

-24

104

Derbyshire

60

42

43

3

-28

105

Stockton-on-Tees

53

31

43

39

-18

106

Bracknell Forest

48

35

43

21

-12

107

Surrey

41

39

43

11

4

108

Barnsley

57

36

43

20

-25

109

Wigan

52

32

43

33

-18

110

Herefordshire, County of

66

34

42

23

-36

111

Peterborough

61

52

42

-19

-31

112

Warrington

40

40

42

4

4

113

Shropshire

57

42

41

-3

-28

114

Halton

54

42

41

-4

-25

115

Milton Keynes

43

32

40

27

-7

116

Thurrock

59

43

39

-9

-33

117

Gateshead

46

48

39

-19

-15

118

Gloucestershire

41

30

39

31

-4

119

Swindon

41

33

39

18

-4

120

Bolton

45

47

38

-19

-14

121

Redcar and Cleveland

59

46

38

-17

-35

122

Northamptonshire

53

36

37

4

-30

123

North Tyneside

45

34

37

8

-18

124

Rotherham

42

26

37

43

-13

125

Kent

48

39

36

-7

-26

126

Hillingdon

50

40

36

-9

-28

127

Somerset

49

38

36

-5

-27

128

Warwickshire

42

34

36

4

-15

129

Stockport

41

31

36

13

-14

130

Buckinghamshire

45

36

35

-2

-22

131

Telford and Wrekin

40

29

34

15

-15

132

Bury

39

36

33

-7

-14

133

Central Bedfordshire

45

49

33

-33

-27

134

Windsor and Maidenhead

33

26

33

26

-2

135

Leicestershire

38

33

33

0

-13

136

Rochdale

42

28

32

11

-24

137

Hertfordshire

43

37

31

-15

-28

138

Trafford

39

34

31

-11

-20

139

Devon

37

37

30

-19

-19

140

Rutland

45

46

29

-37

-34

141

Knowsley

42

40

29

-26

-29

142

Solihull

38

29

28

-1

-26

143

Wokingham

31

23

28

21

-11

144

Worcestershire

38

23

27

14

-30

145

West Berkshire

25

20

26

29

7

146

Salford

37

31

26

-16

-30

147

Middlesbrough

42

26

23

-10

-44

148

Staffordshire

33

24

22

-7

-34

149

North Somerset

28

25

20

-19

-27

150

Bath and North East Somerset

45

34

19

-44

-57

151

South Gloucestershire

22

23

8

-63

-62

I note that London leads the Danse Macabre, with Hackney (where my cycling son lives) featuring in 4th place. Bristol (where I now live) at a fairly anxious 45, while all the “safest” counties, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire (149th , 150th and 151st respectively) are those immediately adjacent to Bristol. I’m pleased to say these are the places I do a lot of my cycling these days.

Across the whole of England, there was a 2% increase in KSI’s in 2011 over 2010, but in the longer run, between 2005 and 2009 things had been getting better. So maybe next year will bring better news.

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