According to the DfT, in 2009, 2,222 people were killed on the roads. 500 of them were pedestrians, 104 were cyclists, 472 motorcyclists and 1,059 car occupants.
By contrast, about 0.5 people per year are killed by cyclists. (One per two years or so.) A pedestrian is much, much more likely to be killed by a motorist mounting the pavement. Which is why this part of the article made me lolsob:
The Conservative MP said: "Imagine if a motorist had mounted the pavement and killed a schoolgirl as she chatted to her friends.
"The motorist would have felt the full force of the law and there would have been a national outcry if such a person had walked away with a fine."
The full force of the law, eh?
Just like John Ashbrook felt the full force of the law after he hit Adrianna Skryzypiec and dragged her for 140m, killing her. No further action taken.
Just like Joao Lopes, who felt the full force of the law after he crushed Eilidh Cairns to death. Fined £200.
Just like Robert Harris, who felt the full force of the law after he skidded into the Rhyl cycling club on three bald tyres, killing four of them. Fined £180.
Just like Keith Wilson, full force of the law again for careless driving in which a cyclist was killed. £150 fine.
Just like Michael Thorn, who crushed Emma Foa with his lorry. £300 fine.
Yeah. Like the MP says, just imagine if that had been a motorist. He wouldn't have been fined nearly so much as £2,200.
Edit: Thanks to Honest John of YACF who pointed out that the victim was actually on the road, not the pavement. It doesn't excuse the cyclist, who could and should have slowed down, but it does make the MP's comments factually inaccurate.