Cyclist fatalities reach 6% of all the fatalities in EU countries. In 2005 this amounts to approx. 1200 people for the EU-14.
Apart from general factors (e.g. speed and weight of motorised vehicles, lack of protection of cyclists) the main factors for accidents of cyclists are lack of visibility, vehicle control and alcohol consumption.
In countries where people cycle a lot, cyclists in general have a lower fatality rate.
White paper (2011): ” By 2050, move close to zero fatalities in road transport. In line with this goal, the EU aims at halving road casualties by 2020. Make sure that the EU is a world leader in safety and security of transport in all modes of transport. ”
Bringing together ICT knowledge and cycling knowledge of European countries
SAFECYCLE consortium encompasses four European countries with a worldwide cycling and ICT network