Pothole claims for cyclists – average compensation now at £11,000

Posted Mar 28, 2018.
New figures obtained under a freedom of information request by campaign group Cycling UK has shed light on the compensation levels currently being paid to cyclists who have been injured or have had equipment damaged as a result of hitting a pothole.

Central and local Government budget cuts, combined with recent harsh winters throughout much of the UK has resulted in a crumbling road network that councils are struggling to maintain In the past five years, compensation totalling £43m has been paid to cyclists and motorists in the UK, with the average cycling compensation payment now at £10,963. Cycling UK said that cyclists are a particularly vulnerable group who were being put at serious risk “due to years of persistent underinvestment in our rotting local road networks”. 

Whilst Transport Secretary Chris Grayling  has recently announced an extra £100m from central Government - in addition to £75m already being made available -  to help local authorities tackle the backlog of pothole repairs, national figures also show that substandard road surfaces have resulted in serious injury or death to almost 400 cyclists in the past decade.  Overall injury statistics are likely to be conservative too, as independent research has shown that only one in three cyclists actually report incidents of injury and damage to local authorities,  with many being discouraged by the slow, bureaucratic nature of the claims process. 2017 also saw the highest level of pothole related compensation for cyclists, exceeding £3m for the first time (including a single £2m claim settled in Somerset).
Despite the availability of the additional funds, a spokesman for the Local Government Association said “The funding announced will provide just over 1% of what is needed to tackle the £9.3 billion local roads repair backlog”.