• It seems to me, from a purely statistical standpoint, that there haven't been enough (recorded) fatalities / accidents to infer any reasonable degree of significance.

    This is certainly true. Sample size far to small and slightly dishonest reporting:

    *"This year, seven of the eight people killed by lorries in London have been women. *
    Considering that women make only 28% of the UK's cycling journeys, this seems extremely high."

    Eight deaths in London, 28% women cyclists in UK. What is the proportion of women cyclists in London then?

    Never the less, interesting article particularly about the defensive cycling.