“Worrying increase” in the mortality of cyclists
A ” worrying increase ” of the mortality of cyclists was observed last year in France, lamented Wednesday 1er February the Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety, Florence Guillaume, during the presentation of the 2022 report.
With 3,260 deaths on the roads of mainland France, the toll remains globally stable (+ 0.5%) compared to 2019, the last reference year before the pandemic, but it increased by 30% among cyclists, with 244 killed, i.e. 57 more, according to estimates by the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory (ONISR) presented at a press conference at Cochin Hospital in Paris. For the second year in a row, the number of cyclists killed exceeded the threshold of 200.
“Less than 50% of road deaths are car occupants. Unfortunately, and this goes hand in hand with the development of soft mobility, there is a worrying increase in the mortality of cyclists and users of motorized personal transport vehicles (EDPM)”recalled M.me Guillaume.
Regarding the EPDMs, 34 “ scooter riders lost their lives, compared to 10 in 2019, with 600 seriously injured, 400 more than three years earlier.
For motorists, road mortality is down with 1,563 killed (−59) as is that of motorized two-wheeler users with 715 deaths (−34), according to ONISR figures. In the overseas territories, 281 people died on the roads, an increase of 11% compared to 2019 (+ 27 killed).