More cyclist fatalities in traffic
24 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The number of cyclists who died in traffic accidents saw an increase in 2006 for the first time in years.
24 April 2007
AMSTERDAM – The number of cyclists who died in traffic accidents saw an increase in 2006 for the first time in years.
The number of fatalities rose by 20 percent to 216, while the total number of traffic fatalities fell slightly.
This emerged from a study by the advisory service on traffic and transport and Statistics Netherlands.
The figures from last year bring the number of fatal cycling accidents back up to the level of 2003, when 219 cyclists were killed in traffic. In the intervening years 2004 and 2005 the figures was considerably lower: 180 and 181 respectively.
The study showed that the total number of traffic deaths in the Netherlands had fallen slightly, 811 people, down 0.7 percent from 2005. The number of traffic fatalities had fallen by much larger percentages in preceding years.
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Subject: Dutch news