Cycle accidents involving cyclists not wearing helmets, and since the introduction of Barclay's hire bikes

The request was partially successful.

Dear Transport for London,

I would like to have access to data that will answer the following questions:

1. How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1 July-15 October 2009 in which the cyclist was wearing a helmet?

2. How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1 July-15 October 2009 in which the cyclist was not wearing a helmet?

3. How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1 July-15 October 2010 in which the cyclist was wearing a helmet?

4. How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1 July-15 October 2010 in which the cyclist was not wearing a helmet?

5. How many accidents have there been involving a Barclay's bike since they were introduced in July 2010, and how many of these involved cyclists not wearing helmets?

6. How many accidents or arrests have there been involving cyclists over the legal limit for alcohol on a Barclay's bike since they were introduced in July 2010?

Yours faithfully,

Laura Cox

Dear Transport for London,

With regards to my FOI request, please detail how many of the accidents have resulted in the death of a cyclist.

Yours faithfully,

Laura E Cox

Transport for London

Our Ref : 1007750016

Date : 20.10.2010

Ms L Cox

[FOI #49668 email]

Dear Ms Cox

Thank you for your request for information dated 19/10/2010 which was
received by Transport for London on 19/10/2010 concerning cyclists. This
request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

We aim to deal with your request promptly and provide you with a response
by 16/11/2010

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Patricia Mitchell

Head of Customer Services, Surface Transport

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Transport for London

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Our Ref: 1007750016/GJ

Date: 10.11.2010

Dear Ms Cox

Thank you for your e-mails received by Transport for London (TfL) on 19
October 2010 and 1 November 2010. You asked for information relating to
the number of cycle accidents involving cyclists not wearing helmets for
the past two years, and the number of accidents occurring since the
introduction of the Barclay’s Cycle Hire Scheme, and the number of these
accidents involving cyclists not wearing a helmet or over the legal limit
for alcohol.

Your requests have been considered under the requirements of the Freedom
of Information Act. However, TfL is unable to provide a complete answer
to all of your questions for a number of reasons explained below. Where
information is available, it has been provided under the original
questions you posed.

Data on road collisions is collected by the police on the standard
national collision reporting form, known as ‘STATS 19’. This form
does not include a field relating to whether or not a cyclist was wearing
a helmet. TfL therefore have no data on whether a cyclist involved in an
accident was wearing a helmet or not.

Data on collisions is currently only available to TfL up to 31 July 2010.
TfL receive data from the police and there is always a lag of up to 3
months between the end of the month and receipt of the data by TfL. This
is due to the STATS 19 data first being processed by the police. TfL will
therefore not receive collisions data for October 2010 until December 2010
/ January 2011.

There is no official field within the STATS 19 form to record the number
of reported personal injury collisions involving one of the Barclay’s
Cycle Hire bikes. TfL do have an indicative figure for the number of
collisions involving a Barclay’s Cycle Hire bike. This figure is not
part of the formal collision reporting process, but is derived from
information provided to TfL by members of the public and the emergency
services. This information is provided below.

How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1
July-15 October 2009 in which the cyclist was wearing a helmet?

How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1
July-15 October 2009 in which the cyclist was not wearing a helmet?

During the period 1 July 2009 to 15 October 2009 there were 1,286
collisions involving injury to one or more pedal cyclist – these
collisions resulted in 1,290 pedal cyclist casualties (see attached table
Cycling Collision 2, 1 July 2009-15 October 2009).

TfL is unable to report on the number of cyclists wearing or not wearing a
helmet for the reasons outlined above.

How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1
July-15 October 2010 in which the cyclist was wearing a helmet?

How many cycle related road accidents were there in London in the period 1
July-15 October 2010 in which the cyclist was not wearing a helmet?

During the period 1 July 2010 to 31 July 2010 there were 445 collisions
involving injury to one or more pedal cyclist – these collisions
resulted in 447 pedal cyclist casualties (see attached table Cycling
Collision 1, 1 July 2010-31 July 2010).

TfL is unable to report on the number of cyclists wearing or not wearing a
helmet, or provide data past 31 July 2010 for the reasons outlined above.

How many accidents have there been involving a Barclay's bike since they
were introduced in July 2010, and how many of these involved cyclists not
wearing helmets?

Does TFL hold data concerning the number of cyclist causalities which have
involved cyclists using bikes that are part of the bike hire scheme?
(Request of 1 November 2010)

Is this information already publically available? If so, where can I
access it? (Request of 1 November 2010)

During the period 30 July (the launch of Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme)
to 24 October 2010, TfL have been made aware of 41 collisions involving a
Barclay’s Cycle Hire bike, 12 of which resulted in an injury. These
collisions have been reported by either a customer or the emergency
services. This number is indicative only.

TfL is unable to report on the number of cyclists wearing or not wearing a
helmet for the reasons outlined above.

How many accidents or arrests have there been involving cyclists over the
legal limit for alcohol on a Barclay's bike since they were introduced in
July 2010?

This information is not collected by TfL. This may be available from the
Metropolitan Police Service. Please see below for contact details:

Information Manager
Metropolitan Police Service
9th Floor
Marlowe House
109 Station Road
Sidcup
Kent
DA15 7ES

Email: [1][email address] (All in capitals)

If this is not the information you are looking for, or you are unable to
access it for some reason, please contact Graham Hurt, Correspondence
Support Manager - London Streets, at [2][email address].

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

Samantha Clarke-Jackman

Customer Service Manager – Group Customer Services

Transport for London

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From: Cox, Laura [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 01 November 2010 19:26
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information

Dear Sirs,

Would you please help me with some research I am conducting by answering
the following questions?

1. Does TFL hold data concerning the number of cyclist causalities which
have involved cyclists using bikes that are part of the bike hire scheme?

2. Is this information already publically available? If so, where can I
access it?

Kind regards,

Laura Cox

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