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

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.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.