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Sustrans: 'Each young person injured is one too many'

Figures out today showing the number of cycling casualties in Wales, also show 260 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on our roads last year - 63 of whom were young people.

Equating to two primary school classes, transport charity Sustrans Cymru says this number is a big concern for them.

The majority of casualties on Welsh roads occur in 30mph zones Credit: PA Images

Sustrans Cymru National Director, Jane Lorimer, said:

“Every child hurt – or killed – on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“Cycling and walking is good for our health, will cut congestion and is good for the environment. It’s key that we make sure Welsh towns and cities are geared up to enable everyone to feel safe cycling or walking for local everyday journeys.”

100 cyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads last year

Male cyclists made up 91% of serious accidents in 2013 Credit: PA Images

Latest figures out today show that 100 cyclists were killed on Welsh roads in 2013.

Men made up the majority of cycling accidents. Between 2004 and 2013, they accounted for 86% of all casualties.

The report published by the Welsh Government, also shows that the number of children (0-15) involved in cycling accidents fell by 19%.

It also reveals 6 out of 10 accidents occur at or within 20 metres of a junction and within 30 mph zones.

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Latest figures due for cycling deaths in Wales

Today's figures will include information on age and gender of the casualty as well as the type and speed limit of the road Credit: PA

The latest annual figures on the number of cycling accidents in Wales will be released later by the Welsh Government.

The number of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured in Wales has fluctuated year on year, and stood at 84 in 2012.

Between 2003 and 2013, the majority of incidents involved male cyclists, accounting for 86% of all casualties.

There was also an increase in casualties in 2011 and 2012 for cyclists aged between 30 and 49.

Today's figures coincide with a survey published by road safety charity Brake, who are calling for action from the UK and Welsh Governments to improve cycling in our towns and cities.

The survey found 32% of people asked would feel nervous cycling on local roads, and many said lack of safe routes was a factor in not cycling more.

Are our roads safe for cyclists? Have your say

Figures for the number of cycling accidents are out tomorrow Credit: PA Images

Coming up on tomorrow's Wales At Six we'll be taking a look at cycle safety as the Welsh Government announce its latest annual figures on the number of cycling accidents here.

Previous figures show the majority of incidents involve male cyclists and an increase in casualties aged between 30 and 49.

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Championship road race heads for Abergavenny

Championship cyclists are heading for Abergavenny where they will take on a technical circuit.


Championship cyclists head through south Wales

Welshman Luke Rowe Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Some of the world's best cyclists have been making their way through south Wales as part of the British national road race championship.

The peleton threads its way through the countryside outside Newport Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick
Geraint Thomas Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Thomas in Brit champs pole as Wiggins withdraws

Geraint Thomas will be hopeful after Bradley Wiggins pulls out of British national road race championship Credit: PA

Geraint thomas has been handed a massive boost to his hopes of reclaiming the national road race title on home roads after sir Bradley wiggins pulled out of Sunday's British national road race championship in Abergavenny.

Wiggins had been expected to mount a serious challenge for the title after missing out on selection for this summers tour de France. His withdrawal though opens up further hopes I home success for Cardiff rider Geraint Thomas who is hoping to reclaim the title he won in 2010.

Wiggins withdrawal is the second big-name to miss out on the championship after mark cavendish withdrew last week through illness.

Geraint Thomas on Sky's Tour de France selection

Geraint Thomas will again ride in the world's most famous cycle race in support of team leader and defending champion Chris Froome.

Froome's inclusion means that Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has left out former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins, despite the Olympic Gold medallist showing his form winning Thursday's British national time trial title on the roads of Monmouthshire.

Thomas will race in the Commonwealth Games just days after the Tour ends

Thomas will play a key role in Sky's attempts to claim a third straight Tour win as Froome's chief sidekick throughout the three week race.

Many tip the Cardiff man to play a central role himself in years to come with GB coach and former Sky man Shane Sutton tipping him to be a future Grand Tour winner himself in years to come.

For now though Thomas must continue to play second fiddle for the 21 stage race, that finishes just seven days before he attempts to secure a victory of his own at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.

'It's certainly not ideal. It's a big three weeks of racing around France trying to help Froomey win really so it'll be tough for sure" he said.

"I think mentally it's ok because I know I've just got to keep going until the Sunday, just hopefully I can recover well, eat well, sleep well and that's pretty much all I can do go there and go as fast as we can."

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