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London Cycling Campaign launches petition demanding action on capital’s lethal junctions

Move follows death earlier this week of Dr Marta Krawiec on “infamously hostile” Holborn gyratory

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has launched a petition urging Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and boroughs across the city to take action on lethal junctions across the capital.

The petition has been launched following the death earlier this week of Dr Marta Krawiec at the junction of Theobalds Road and Southampton Row as she rode to work.

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The 41-year-old was the seventh cyclist to have been killed on the Holborn gyratory – described yesterday by LCC infrastructure campaigner Simon Monk as an “infamously hostile” junction – since 2008.

The petition, addressed to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Chair of London Councils, Georgia Gould, and which you can sign here, reads:

Take rapid action on dangerous junctions now. Needless loss of life cannot continue. You must remove all critical safety issues for people walking and cycling at junctions and deliver a 'Vision Zero' London free from fatal road collisions.

Referring to Dr Krawiec’s death, LCC said: “This time, as so many times across London, it was a woman cycling, hit by a large, turning lorry.

“Work on the most dangerous junctions in London had stalled even before the pandemic,” LCC said.

“During the pandemic we did have a glimpse of what a lower car London can look like; we did see rapid expansion of the cycle network; and we did get increasing awareness in government that active travel has a vital role to play in averting the climate crisis. But we have not seen substantive action on our most dangerous and lethal junctions.

“Junctions are where most serious and fatal collisions with those walking and cycling happen. They are the single biggest risk to lives, and the single biggest barrier to more people cycling and walking – particularly to those most put off by hostile road design such as children and parents.

“After yet another fatality at Holborn, yet another fatality at Battersea Bridge, multiple fatalities in less than a month in Havering on one road, we do not believe London can delay any more.

“We are calling on our leaders to reinstate the rapid rollout of safety improvements at every London junction where those walking and cycling lose their lives, with the most dangerous prioritised first.

“What TfL and DfT call “critical issues” at junctions must be addressed to ensure that every arm of each junction is safe to cycle or walk through.

“That way these junctions will help realise the Mayor’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan for no fatal road collisions or serious injuries in London by 2041, rather than trash it,” LCC added.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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