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Parents feel local roads are too dangerous for children to cycle according to survey

London Cycling Campaign says whether roads are safe for children is a litmus test as to whether they’re safe for everyone

The majority of parents living in the capital consider their local area unsafe for children to cycle according to a survey carried out by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). The findings come as the organisation launches Sign for Cycling, a campaign aimed at ensuring all London mayoral candidates commit to making cycling safer for everyone.

LCC questioned 2,064 Londoners in the survey and 69 per cent of those who have children in their household rated local roads as either ‘dangerous’ or ‘very dangerous’ for them to cycle on. Strikingly, 71 per cent of those were cyclists themselves but only 23 per cent cycle frequently with their children in London. Just six per cent of respondents rated cycling in London as ‘very safe’ for children.

Amy Summers, Campaigns Coordinator at LCC said:

“It’s not just parents who won’t let their children cycle out of fear for their safety. Children themselves consider London’s roads far too dangerous for them to cycle on.

“Whether our streets are safe for families and children to cycle is a litmus test of whether they are safe enough for everyone to do so. The Sign for Cycling campaign is calling on all the mayoral candidates to expand current cycling programmes and make our city safe and enjoyable for cycling for people of all ages and abilities.”

LCC is asking mayoral candidates to commit to a three point-agenda:

  1. Create more safe space for cycling by building more segregated cycle lanes on London’s main roads and making dangerous junctions safer.
  2. Encourage more local journeys by bike by offering ‘Mini -Holland’ funding to every London borough in order to transform high streets and town centres.
  3. End lorry danger, by ensuring only the safest lorries, with ‘Direct Vision’ cabs and minimal ‘blind spots’, are allowed onto London’s streets.

The Department for Transport’s national school travel awards scheme, Modeshift STARS, recently held its first annual awards in which it recognised efforts made to reduce the number of car journeys made on the school run.

Six schools were given awards with Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School of Leeds named School of the Year after reducing the proportion of its pupils travelling to school by car from 45.9 per cent in 2013 to 27.4 per cent in 2015. In 2013, no pupils cycled to the school, but two years later the figure had increased to 42 in summer and 18 who cycle all year round – this despite it being all but surrounded by A roads.

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