Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, has welcomed a report entitled Clearing The Hurdles from the Greater London Authority (GLA) regarding the provision of transport during next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, reinforcing that forecasting of demand for transport during the events needs to be improved, and that walking and cycling should take a more central role.
The AA are taking to the streets of London today and handing out free helmets and hi-viz vests to cyclists, a move which has raised the ire of the cycling community and led to the CTC to hand out copies of the Highway Code at the same spot. Whilst current AA prsident Edmund King is a keen cyclist and the AA is guardedly pro-cycling as a rule, many cyclists have questioned why a motoring organisation feels the need to place the responsibility on cyclists to protect themselves: especially when helmets aren't designed to protect against collisions with cars.
Commuting in London, whatever your choice of transport, can sometimes make you feel as though you are trapped in a video game. If you’re a cyclist, obstacles such as taxis making sudden u-turns can make any journey to work an adrenaline-fuelled rush. For tube travellers, on the other hand, there’s the race to beat the closing doors. Now, Chromaroma, a new online game backed by the Greater London Authority, promises to take your commute into the virtual world.
Work has begun on two new Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes which should be ready this July.
The new routes will run from Bow to Aldgate (CS2) and Wandsworth to Westminster (CS8), and the Mayor of London and TfL have also announced funding to help boroughs along their length to develop cycling improvements. Five boroughs; City, Tower Hamlets, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Wandsworth, can bid for a share in funds in order to provide:
London's cyclists and anyone that uses Blackfriars Bridge are being urged to email Transport for London (TfL) to object to the proposals for traffic management on the bridge and the area surrounding Blackfriars station including the removal of the southbound cycle lane over the bridge and the narrowing of the northbound cycle lane.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to emulate the success of the London Marathon by joining forces with the UCI to put on what will be the biggest timed bike race in the world with 30,000 amateur riders taking to the capital’s streets. The first edition is planned for 2013, running alongside a separate event for some of the world’s top pro riders, reports the London Evening Standard.
The City of London Corporation is considering imposing 20mph speed limits on some or perhaps all of the streets in the capital’s Square Mile under proposals designed explicitly to improve the safety of cyclists, due in part to a massive rise in the number of people using bikes there.
The on-going danger posed to London's cyclists by lorries has been tragically illustrated by news of a rider's death in the capital. While road.cc and other media initially reported that two cyclists had died under the wheels of HGVs in separate incidents within a few hours of each other and just miles apart it later transpired that one victim was a pedestrian.
This September will see the inaugural edition of a new sportive that will take cyclists on a 115-mile loop around the countryside surrounding London, while raising funds for Access Sport, a charity that seeks to encourage youngsters in deprived areas to engage with sport.
The combination of increased numbers of potholes and a British public that is more than ever prepared to pursue compensation claims is proving bad news for councils up and down the nation.
In London compensation claims made against councils for damage caused by potholes increased by more than 37% over a three-year period, the BBC reports.