The number of vehicles of Britain’s roads declined one percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2011, according to the latest data from the Department of Transport (DOT). The latest results mark a continuation of a trend that has seen traffic levels fall in each of the past three years. Prior to 2008, traffic had not decreased consecutively for more than one year since records began in 1949.
Traffic volumes on motorways were at around the same level in the second quarter of 2011, compared with Q2 2010, while on rural and urban A roads vehicle numbers were two and one per cent lower respectively.
The drop in traffic has not spelled good news for cyclists however; the number of cyclists killed or inured on Britain’s road rose to a six-year high in the first quarter of 2011, according to data recently released by DOT, published by the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust. From January to March 2011, 3,370 cyclists were killed or injured compared with 2,961 in the same period last year. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured rose from 447 to 610 – an increase of 36 percent.