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Bicycles

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years have been charged with an offence which involved a bicycle; and how many were convicted. [HL1236]

Figures provided in Table 1 are for all road traffic offences where the definition of the offence includes a reference to a cycle, cyclist, cycling or bicycle. While other offences may involve a bicycle these are included in crime statistics such as theft, criminal damage etc.

Table 1 shows the number of persons reported for prosecution in each year. Figures relating to the numbers of persons charged are not available.

Table 1

Year

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Number of Persons Reported

8

4

4

15

8

22

15

15

44

57

Table 2 gives the number of prosecutions and convictions for road traffic offences. It is not possible to provide the total number of prosecutions and convictions for offences which involved a bicycle. Court prosecution and conviction datasets do not include background information, so offences such as criminal damage involving a bicycle cannot be separately identified.

Table 2

Bicycle offences1

Prosecuted

Convicted

1998

5

4

1999

0

0

2000

1

1

2001

0

0

2002

0

0

2003

0

0

2004

0

0

20052

0

0

1 Offences include “no lights on/unlighted pedal cycle”, “drunk in charge of pedal cycle”, “careless riding of pedal cycle” and “furious riding on pedal cycle”.

2 Data cover the calendar years 1998 to 2005 (figures are available only up to 2005) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible to routinely reconcile the number of people charged for an offence by the PSNI and prosecution and conviction data, as PSNI data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many deaths have been recorded on the roads which involved a bicycle or bicycles in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998. [HL1260]

The following table shows the number of fatalities in Northern Ireland resulting from collisions involving a pedal cycle from 1998 to 2006. Official statistics for 2007 have not yet been finalised.

Pedal cyclists

other road users

1998

7

0

1999

1

0

2000

4

0

2001

2

0

2002

3

0

2003

2

0

2004

2

0

2005

4

0

2006

1

0

Source: PSNI—Central Statistics Unit