Figures released today have shown that last year 896 cyclists were victims of a hit-and-run in London: that’s more than 17 people each week.
The numbers, which were requested by the London Assembly Green Party group using the Freedom of Information Act, show that the amount of collisions where the motorist subsequently drives off has risen each year for the past four years. In 2009, 13.30% of collisions on London’s roads were hit-and-runs. In 2013, this figure rose to 18%.
Of all the capital’s boroughs, Tower Hamlets saw the most hit-and-runs involving cyclists, with 84 incidents. Westminster follows with 71, Camden with 56, and Hackney with 52 incidents.
1,043 pedestrians were also victims during 2013. Nearly 80 people a week were injured or killed in a hit-and-run incident.
Green Party member of the London Assembly Jenny Jones called for action by the Mayor, saying: “When a city has almost a fifth of its injuries from road collisions being linked to hit and runs, then the Mayor ought to be demanding that the police enforce the rules of the road.”