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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mikiebikie | 2 years ago

Yes, lots of infrastructure needs to be sorted to make it safe for all users but I think the biggest problem is the 'I'm entitled attitude'. All users of highway infrastructure need to realise and accept that they have responsibilities to their fellow men/women.

Bungle_52 | 2 years ago

Well done to LCC for actually doing something to try to get things changed. Petition signed.

Has contacted Sadiq Khan and Georgia Gould for comment?

eburtthebike | 2 years ago

Totally agree apart from "Take rapid action on dangerous junctions now."

No.  No rapid action; action now.  Immediate 10mph speed limits, cameras everywere and signs letting the killers know that there are cameras, and more signs showing dead people lying in the road while drivers pass on the other side.  This could be done now, immediately, today, while they sort out the engineering solutions, but we don't have to wait for those solutions; we can do things now.

Before another innocent victim is sacrificed to the great car god.

espressodan | 2 years ago

In any Industry, if 7 people had died at the same location in 13 years the risk would be assessed for an individual as possible/catastrophic and for society as frequent/major. Neither would be acceptable. The activity would be terminated or significant immediate additional threat controls would be implemented. There is no ALARP argument for transport infrastructure (or any peacetime activity) that I can think of which would consider that rate of death (and I presume higher significant injury) at a single location for a single activity tolerable. No organisation would tolerate this level of risk for employees. Image if road workers on a long-term infrastructure project faced that level of risk? That specific road junctions get some kind of special pass on what is bloody obvious beggars belief in 2021 and is, frankly, negligent on the part of the organisation managing that junction.

eburtthebike replied to espressodan | 2 years ago
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JHC; you just said it all, succinctly, in a nutshell.

We are a failure as a society, unless you consider profit more important than lives.

Sriracha replied to espressodan | 2 years ago

I had been under the understanding that the same was true for road junctions, that where the stats showed a cluster of fatalities remedial action was taken. Buy maybe they don't count cyclists fatalities?

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