Boris Bike Accident Statistics

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Dear Transport for London,

I would like to make the following freedom of information request.

Please can you tell me

1. How many accidents there have been
concerning bikes borrowed or hired under the London cycling scheme (commonly known as "Boris' Bikes") since it began, and how many of these resulted in serious injuries or fatalities?

2. In how many of these accidents/injuries/fatalities were the riders wearing helmets?

3. What is the total number of bike rides which have been taken under the scheme so far (i.e. where a Boris Bike has been hired)?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Mr N. Bijalee

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Bijalee

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1879-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6
February 2013 asking for information about the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 6 March.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear Mr Bijalee

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1879-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6
February 2013 asking for information about the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can
confirm TfL does hold the information you require. You asked for:

 

1. How many accidents there have been concerning bikes borrowed or hired
under the London cycling scheme (commonly known as "Boris' Bikes") since
it began, and how many of these resulted in serious injuries or
fatalities?

 

Injuries caused by collisions are reported in line with other road
collisions, as per the DfT definitions. ‘Serious’ injuries include broken
bones, tendon or ligament damage requiring time off work, or other
injuries requiring hospital treatment. ‘Slight’ injuries will include
those where a cyclist is taken to hospital but treatment is not required,
sprains which do not require time off work, and blows to the head which do
not cause concussion or require stitches. 

 

We have aligned our reporting to the DfT definitions of severity. The
numbers we provide here will be greater than the formal police recorded
numbers, as TfL includes accidents reported by scheme users themselves,
even if not confirmed by formal emergency services reporting.  Please note
that not all collisions are reported to the police as they only record
details of collisions resulting in personal injury

    

In answer to you question, there have been 364 incidents involving
Barclays Cycle Hire cycles since the scheme start to the end of January
2013. Please note that of these there were only 12 “serious injuries”.
There were no life changing or life threatening injuries.

 

2. In how many of these accidents/injuries/fatalities were the riders
wearing helmets?

    

TfL does not record this information.

 

3. What is the total number of bike rides which have been taken under the
scheme so far (i.e. where a Boris Bike has been hired)?

 

From scheme start to date there has been just over 19.5 million hires.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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