Council traffic boss: More needs to be done on cyclist safety

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THE head of transport policy in Portsmouth says more needs to be done to control the city’s cycle casualty rates.

It comes after figures from the Department for Transport revealed Portsmouth was the most dangerous place outside London to ride a bike – with 888 cycle casualties per million of the population in 2015.

Alan Cufley, the council’s director for transport, said the number of crashes involving cyclists has fallen since 2011 but admitted safety needed to improve.

Portsmouth has double the Hampshire average (2.2 per cent) of cyclists.