A NEW survey has shown that cycling accidents on Borders roads have reduced by almost a half.

A total of 15 cyclists were injured in road accidents during 2017.

But the Scottish Government statistics, which were released this week, show that the number had dropped to eight last year.

The Scottish Borders is now ranked as the eighth safest local authority area for cyclists in Scotland, with the Shetland Islands regarded as the safest with no reported injuries last year.

Edinburgh was deemed the most dangerous area with nearly 150 accidents recorded last year.

Local MSP Michelle Ballantyne believes the reduction in accidents is down to efforts by the local authority to make cycling safer.

She told us: "It’s encouraging to see that cycling is becoming safer in the Borders.

“We’re blessed with a number of amazing cycling routes that attract enthusiasts from all corners of the country.

"Cycling has the capacity to be a great tourist attraction, so it’s important that we make use of this.

“I hope the number of accidents continues to fall, and that more people can enjoy the incredible cycling routes that the Borders has to offer.”