Cyclist deaths soar on rural roads in England – BBC News
21 hours ago Claire Marshall
The coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air.
However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the previous two years.
89 people lost their lives on countryside roads last year – up by almost 50% from 60 fatalities in 2019.
In 2018, 48 cyclists were killed on rural roads.
This was despite fewer vehicles using rural routes, and a marked drop in the amount of traffic during the pandemic restrictions.