A BUSY section of road in Harborne has been named as Birmingham's worst spot for accidents involving cyclists.
The frequently-jammed 250-yard stretch, just outside Harborne town centre, links three separate roundabout junctions each with several exits to create Birmingham’s number one cycling collision blackspot, according to research gathered by a law firm.
Cycle injury specialist law firm Levenes used information provided by the Department of Transport to establish Birmingham’s ten most dangerous areas for people riding bikes. The firm has published a map pointing out the accident blackspots.
It claimed there were 16 collisions involving cyclists reported between 2005-2010, including three serious incidents, in the area between Court Oak Road and Harborne High Street in the five-year period.
Roads near to the large traffic island where Ladywood Middleway meets Spring Hill, Icknield Street and Summer Hill Road have the second worst record for accidents with 15 incidents reported where cyclists have been in a collision, including two who were seriously injured.
It is closely followed by the area near Gravelly Hill North and Sutton New Road in Erdington with 14 collisions – three of them serious.
Chris Hanlon, of Levenes, said the map was collated to coincide with several national campaigns to promote cycle safety issues.
He said: “The public is currently very responsive to cycle stories. With the cycling community in mind, using government data, we have developed the map featuring all cycle accidents reported on the UK roads between 2005 and 2010.
“The map highlights areas or junctions where there is a particular danger to cyclists based on the number of accidents there,” added Mr Hanlon.
According to accident prevention lobby RoSPA, 111 cyclists were killed in the UK during 2010, more than 2,600 were badly hurt and 14.414 were slightly injured.
The report claimed that around three quarters of cycling accidents take place in urban areas.