Campaigners vent anger at TfL over cyclist deaths


An unpublished report said "casualties were inevitable" at the site.

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Local campaigners, cyclists and bloggers have highlighted the safety issues of the junction outside Kings Cross station where a cyclist died on 3 October.

In particular, an internal report from Transport for London (TfL) in 2008 highlighted how "aggressive" vehicles were and said "casualties are inevitable".

It also advised "the key crossing should be redesigned".

As yet this has not happened although TfL says there will be changes before the start of the London Olympics in 2012.

The question from campaigners is why has it taken so long. They are also suggesting TfL has failed in its duty of care.

I was shown the problems with the junctions by Sophie Talbot, a local cyclist.

This TV piece shows very clearly the issues faced by cyclists.

I have spoken to TfL which says it is consulting on changes at three junctions at King's Cross that should be ready next year, and the designs will reflect the needs of all road users.

The police investigation has yet to report on what happened on 3 October. The incident room number is 0208 9985319.

I also noticed a lot of cyclists were walking their bikes through that junction - I presume because it is so daunting.

Do you use that junction?

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    Comment number 17.

    TFL's response to the junctions in this area is a few Advance Stop Lanes (ASL). Woefully inadequate as only rarely is an adequately sized entrance lane that cannot be blocked by vehicles provided and moreover there is no enforcement - the police WILL NOT prosecute/fine vehicles that block them. They give the appearance of cycle facilities without offering any real increase in safety.

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    Comment number 16.

    As a pedestrian in London, I find cyclists far worse than drivers (excepting cabbies). It's practically impossible to walk on the regent's canal these days due to the aggressive cyclists. I have the misfortune of living on a cycle route. The majority are arrogant and aggressive. London's unique brand of aggressive-cyclist need to take a good look at their own behaviour.

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    Comment number 15.

    Visitors to Amsterdam are given ten top tips for cycling safely, including: 'Know where to ride', and 'See the signs'. "Not all Amsterdam streets are meant for cyclists," it says, "so 'winging it' without a route plan can be inefficient and dangerous."

    Not knowing where to ride was identified as a major obstacle in the TfL report, 'Who's in the peleton?' (comment 12). That's why TfL buried it.

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    Comment number 14.

    @Beth A @JonoKenyon @ScaredAmoeba As a cyclist who uses this area almost every day, I'm simply pointing out that TfL are not the only ones with responsibility here.
    I ride with reflective vest and lights on at all times. Why? Because I'm more visible, the same reason that motorcycles have lights on during the day.
    Cyclists should do everything possible to make themselves as visible as possible.

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    Comment number 13.

    @Mattuk, you have missed the point entirely. This is not an issue of a single incident, or guilty vs innocent. There have been 4 cycling deaths in the past few years around Kings Cross. TFL has refused to make any changes despite it's own report saying that changes needed to be made immediately. TFL management need to understand they are culpable in this woman's death.


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