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Today we’re launching our new, free, first aid app for
cyclists. This comes on the day the Department for
Transport announces an increase of 2% in the number of all cycling
casualties since 2012. While the overall number of people killed
and seriously injured has come down by 10%, those slightly injured
has risen by 3% – this is where first aid can be the
With three million people now cycling three times a week or
more, our ‘First Aid for Cyclists’ app aims to give every cyclist
the skills to deal with the most common cycling
Our research found that on average, cyclists took the least
amount of time to come to a cyclist’s aid compared to both
pedestrians and motorists. We’re hoping our app will help to build
the world’s largest first aid equipped cycling community.
Ashley Sweetland, National Cycle Response Unit Lead at St John
‘Our unique, free app, launching today, is a new tool
specifically aimed at equipping the increasing numbers of cyclists
across the country with first aid skills and should be as essential
as a puncture repair kit.
‘We know many cyclists have accidents on the road each year,
sometimes resulting in serious injuries where first aid could have
made a difference. As the nation’s leading first aid charity, we
want to ensure that the UK’s cycling community is equipped with
first aid knowledge, so that more cyclists can help where
circumstances might need them.’
Improvising with equipment
Our app is full of first aid advice from our medically trained
experts and Cycle Response unit, who use specially adapted mountain
bikes to be the first on the scene at accidents. With tips on how
to turn cycling equipment into first aid instruments, the app is a
resource that all cyclists can have with them at all times.
Getting your free app
The ‘First Aid for Cyclists’ app is available to download for
free from the
ITunes app store and
Google Play for Android from today.
Follow #SaveaCyclist for live updates from SJA and for more
information on the app, training and first aid advice.