I'm very surprised that 14 people were killed by bicycles over a five year period. I would have expected that number to be low single digits.Punx0r wrote:OK, so, would you agree that cycling is no more dangerous than driving a car as long as your cycle mileage doesn't exceed 1/15th of your driving mileage?
I was curious enough to do a quick search for cyclist-pedestrian collisions and they are indeed relatively rare: they constitute 2% of fatal pedestrian collisions in urban areas. With the chances of a pedestrian being injured by a cyclist 1.2 times less than by a motor vehicle and the chances of being killed 2.5 times less on a per-mile-travelled basis.
The total number of pedestrians killed by cyclist from 2009-2013 is 14 (1245 for cars). The total seriously injured is 334 (20181 for cars).
http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/fil ... s4rrv2.pdf
By comparison though at least 15 people from the UK were killed in just two plane crash incidents in the last eight months. Four in Canada and 11 in Shoreham. Your chances of being killed by a bicycle may indeed by lower than your chances of being killed in a plane crash which was absurdly low to begin.
Edit: And another man was killed last month and the three in the Germanwings mass murder. That's 19 people in one year.