Boris Johnson should get on his bike and experience the dangers cyclists are exposed to on the roads around Kings Cross for himself. That's the message from Green Party Mayoral Candidate, Jenny Jones following the death of a young woman cyclist who was killed in a collision with a lorry outside the London station last week.
Blogging under her road.cc username Greenjennyjones, Ms Jones also calls on the Mayor to implement in full the measures contained in 2008 Transport for London (TfL) report into the roads around Kings Cross which advised re-allocating carriageway space to the footpath, creating more pedestrian crossings and introducing traffic calming measures – that report says Ms Jones has largely been ignored as has the 2008 TfL report in to traffic on London's bridges – which was commissioned following the death of cyclist Val McCreery on Blackfriars Bridge.
As well as proposing 20mph speed limits on all London bridges that report also put forward plans for a re-designed T-junction at the northern end of the bridge of the type favoured by the LCC but rejected by TfL itself when it came to re-designing the road layout for the redevelopment of the area. TfL has not moved to implement in full the findings of either the Blackfriars or Kings Cross studies.
Ms Jones contends that despite the talk of a cycling revolution in London the impetus behind Mayor Johnson's transport plans is still to put the free flow of motorised traffic first ahead of the needs of other road users and pedestrians and until that changes problems such as the "bodged redesign of Blackfriars Bridge" will continue and indeed be replicated across London.
You can read Greenjennyjones's blog here
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.