244 cyclists killed in 2022, 30% increase ‘worrying’


Bicycles and scooters, Avenue Haussmann, Paris, 31 January 2023. Francois BOUCHON / Le Figaro

A total of 3,260 people died on the roads in France last year, a figure that is relatively stable compared to 2021.

A total of 3,260 people will die on the roads of mainland France in 2022, the road safety department announced on Wednesday, with the balance sheet at a stable level (+0.5%) compared to 2019, the last reference year before the pandemic.

At a news conference at Cochin Hospital in Paris, the National Observatory of Interministerial Road Safety (ONISR) estimates were compared to 2019, not 2020 and 2021, which were below the symbolic 3,000 deaths. “Less than 50% of road deaths are car occupants”, announced Florence Guillaume, the interministerial representative responsible for road safety.

According to ONISR, road fatalities will decrease in 2022 compared to 2019, with 1,563 deaths (-59) for motorists and 715 deaths (-34) for motorized two-wheeler users.

Unfortunately, this goes hand-in-hand with the development of soft transport, with a worrying rise in the death rate among cyclists and motorized personal transport (EDPM) users’, like a scooter, lamented Madame Guillaume.

For the second year in a row, cyclist fatalities exceed the 200 fatality threshold: 244 fatalities in 2022, a 30% increase, or 57 more fatalities, than in 2019. Regarding the EDPm, 34 scooter riders were killed and 600 seriously injured, compared to 10 in 2019, an increase of 400 from three years ago. In the Overseas Territories, 281 people died on the roads, an increase of 11% (+27 deaths) on 2019.

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