FOI request detail

Cycling incidents

Request ID: FOI-0757-1718
Date published: 25 July 2017

You asked

Dear Sir or Madam, For the period beginning January 2006 until the end of December 2016, please provide information for the following questions. 1) How many cyclists make complaints to (relevant department) about road safety every month? 2) How many road safety incidents take place each month involving a cyclist? 3) How many crashes occur each month involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle? If the data doesn’t stretch back to 2006, please use the earliest that you have. When possible, please break up data month by month. Please provide the responses in an Excel spreadsheet and send through to XXXXX. If you have any questions please send them via email.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0757-1718/GH


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27 June 2017 asking for information about cycling incidents.


Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.


Complaints data is held from late 2008 onwards. We have run a report for the period November 2008 to 31 December 2016, however between April and October 2016, we used a different system and unfortunately there is no accurate way to extract complaints data from this system, so figures drop to near zero in this time.


We use various complaint categories, the relevant ones are listed below, along with the number of complaints received.


Road Behaviour -     Raised by Cyclist – Raised about Cyclist – 41

  • Raised by Cyclist – Raised about Motorist – 36

  • Raised by Cyclist – Raised about Pedestrian – 1

  • Raised by Cyclist – Raised about Bus – 1


A further 74 complaints were recorded under ‘Cycling safety’ and the sub-category ‘Cyclist/Other Road Users’, although these may not have all been received from cyclists.


Road safety data for London is collected by the police in accordance with Department for Transport STATS20 national guidance, and reported in STATS19 format. More information can be found at:


We publish detailed STATS19 road safety data back to 2005 on the London Collision Map which is available here:


You can filter the map to show different types of vehicles involved in collisions and the year you are interested in. For your request, you can filter to show those involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle.


STATS19 data does not identify the specific ‘cause’ of collisions. The vehicle type shows that these vehicles were involved in a collision. It does not indicate which road user was at fault.


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.


If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.


Yours sincerely


Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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