London riders: have your say on cycling safety

London Assembly calls for cyclists' views at public meeting on 12th of July

by John Stevenson   June 19, 2012  

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The London Assembly Transport Committee has announced that it will hold a public meeting on the 12th of July for cyclists to air their concerns about cycle safety in london and suggest ways the capital's streets could be made safer.

The meeting is part of an investigation into cycle safety launched yesterday, triggered by the rise in cyclist deaths from 10 in 2010 to 16 in 2011, and further fatalities this year.

The Assembly aims to find out how it can make cycling in London safer, and what it can learn from other cities with good cycling records.

The meeting on the 12th of July will be followed by another on September the 11th with international experts and representatives of the Mayor and TfL.

Mayor Boris Johnson has said that he wants to see the number of Londoners cycling grow by 400 percent by 2026, but concern over safety is the reason most often given by non-cyclists to explain why they do not intend to start riding.

The numbers of cyclists killed or seriously injured in the capital have failed to fall in line with Transport for London’s (TfL) targets, and have actually increased in the past two years.

Chair of the Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon AM, said: “We cannot have a situation where more people are being encouraged to cycle at the same time as more cyclists are being killed or injured.

“We intend to sit down with cyclists and hear their concerns before working with experts both here and internationally to identify solutions that will make London’s streets a safer bet for cyclists.”

The terms of reference for the investigation are:

  • To understand the issues facing current cyclists and the barriers to potential cyclists;
  • To examine the plans proposed by the Mayor and TfL to improve cycling safety and increase cycling modal share
  • To generate recommendations to the Mayor and TfL to improve the cycling environment and cycle safety in London.

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Perhaps TFL can comment on the closure of the Mall until the end of September - Picadilly and Victoria are hardly safe alternatives.

posted by Zav [34 posts]
19th June 2012 - 10:07

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Speaking from my experience so far... the biggest problem is the ruddy terrible condition of London's roads. And not just the pothole epidemic: at least you can see those. It's the ripples and bumps and ruts from where buses stand and the places where roads have been top-dressed on the cheap and have gone scabby...

Of course, the people who cruise around in their cars without a care in the world are annoying, the ones who make eye contact and then pull out in front of you (at 20mph) should be charged with attempted murder, and the less said about a certain company's black Ford Galaxy minicab fleet the better. But if I was spending less time looking out for obstacles *in* the road I'd have more time to watch out for the antics of other road users.

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posted by Gizmo_ [827 posts]
21st June 2012 - 13:03

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If the police were to use the PNC 2 and identify all BMW owners then ban them, it'd be a start!


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22nd June 2012 - 8:42

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