London Roundabout Tops the UK's Cycling Accident Blackspot List

By Gary Cutlack on at

The roundabout that directs traffic off the Lambeth Bridge and into Millbank and the rest of central London has been shamed as the country's biggest accident blackspot for cyclists, with 53 serious accidents involving bike/car interactions recorded there since 2009.

The data was pulled out of Department for Transport statistics by Mapmechanics, which also found that car accidents with cyclists are up by around 20 per cent since 2009 -- probably more due to a general increase in the popularity of cycling than angry van drivers trying harder to knock them off nowadays.

The second most dangerous place to try to get a bike around is the junction of Iffley Road and Cowley Road in Oxford, where 45 serious incidents have been reported in the last eight years, with Cambridge's Trumpington Road junction taking third position in the grim chart of horror with 34 accidents involving bikes being reported in the same time.

Things are better out in the country, as you might expect, with the worst rural hotspot for accidents being Chalkpit Lane in the North Downs near Oxted, where eight cycling accidents were reported to police. [The Times via Cycling Weekly]

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