Outside of Cambridge, Freedom Bridge in Wisbech is joint most dangerous for cyclists in county, report reveals

Wisbech Market town transport strategy 2014. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Market town transport strategy 2014. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Freedom Bridge in Wisbech is the joint most dangerous roundabout for cyclists outside of Cambridge in the whole of the county, a report has revealed.

Freedom Bridge Roundabout, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Freedom Bridge Roundabout, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The report, which will go before Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee on March 17, revealed that between 2011-2013, there was one serious and five slight injuries at the roundabout.

The 10 most dangerous roads, roundabouts and junctions are in Cambridge. Half the overall casualties are from the city. The only cyclist death was reported on Histon Road in Cambridge.

There was one serious and five slight injuries to cyclists at the Back Hill Junction in Ely. One serious and two slight injuries were reported at the Inhams Road roundabout junction in Whittlesey.

In 2014, there was a 40 per cent increase in cyclist casualties (from 48 to 67). However, pedestrian casualties fell by nine per cent (from 33 to 20) and car casualties fell by six per cent (from 133 to 125).

Freedom Bridge Roundabout, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Freedom Bridge Roundabout, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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Between 2004 and 2014, injuries to cyclists increased by 31 per cent, while injuries to motorcyclists, pedestrians and car occupants decreased.

To combat this, the council is running schemes like Bike It, which raises awareness of bike safety in schools.

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The scheme, which has been focused on Cambridge, will be launched in Wisbech next month.

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