THE number of cyclists killed and injured on the roads of Waltham Forest reached a five-year high last year, new figures have revealed.

There were a total of 93 bicycle casualties in the borough in 2009, compared with 65 in 2008 - a rise of 43 per cent - according to the data from Transport for London (TfL).

It comes despite a fall in the number of pedestrians, motorcyclists and car drivers injured during the same period.

In 2008 there were 121 pedestrian casualties, 372 car occupant casualties and 69 motorbike casualties – all of which represent five year lows.

The data has not been broken down into how many of these casualties are fatalities.

Across the capital, the total numbers killed and seriously injured in traffic crashes has fallen on the year before.

Commenting on the London-wide figures, Ben Plowden, director of better route and places at TfL, said: “There were 20 fewer lives lost and 279 fewer serious injuries on London’s roads last year compared to 2008.

“This is great news, but road deaths and injuries are still devastating the lives of families and communities throughout London.

“TfL is directly investing £21.2 million this year in both new and proven ways of improving road safety in the Capital, in order to make London’s roads even safer.”

The figures only represent incidents reported to the police.

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