Pressure mounts on mayor and TfL to make cycling safer

 

More action needs to be taken to make junctions safer for cyclists, according to campaigners

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The pressure seems to be growing on the mayor and Transport for London (TfL) to do more to make junctions safer for cyclists.

Outside King's Cross there is now a pile of flowers and a ghost bike tribute to a cyclist who died there. Many deaths seem to involve HGVs and junctions.

On Wednesday, the London Assembly tried to push for more action from the Mayor, but both he and the Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy doubted whether changing road designs could have saved any of the 14 cyclists that have died in the capital this year.

However there are many others who say that if the junctions were better designed, then cyclists' lives could be saved.

Worst junctions

TfL wants hauliers to do more and have more training and technology to alert drivers to cyclists.

It also wants cyclists themselves to avoid blindspots on trucks, something that nearly every cyclist I know with any sense already does.

One of the interviewees in my TV piece is organising a demonstration on Saturday.

Cyclists will travel to the 10 worst junctions for casualties in the capital.

The challenge for TfL is how to alter junctions without making the experience worse for other road users.

A ghost bike tribute and flowers where a cyclist died near King's Cross A ghost bike tribute and flowers where a cyclist died near King's Cross

TfL issued a pre-emptive press release before London Assembly members had started questioning it on cycling.

Reduction in deaths

It said: "While every collision is regrettable, it is encouraging that the proportion of cycling collisions on TfL roads that result in fatal or serious injuries has declined since 2008, indicating that the severity of collisions is falling.

"So far, during 2011 there have tragically been 14 cycling fatalities on the capital's roads, seven of which involved HGVs or tipper trucks. A huge range of practical measures are being delivered by the Mayor and TfL to tackle the issue and make the city's streets safer for cyclists."

Since 2010, TfL has been working to deliver its Cycle Safety Action Plan (CSAP).

It identified 52 targeted actions which the mayor, TfL and other stakeholders need to take to reduce the number of cyclists being killed and seriously injured on London's roads.

 
Tom Edwards Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 36.

    @25 Speaking Out. Unfortunately Ms Joo Lee is not here to answer for herself. None of the top 6 articles returned by Google on this accident make any mention of her running a red light. No inquest has yet taken place. So all accounts do not say she ran a red light. Please substantiate your claim or withdraw it.

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    Comment number 35.

    (And if I slow down on approach to lights preparing for the possibility of them turning amber, I'll get larger vehicles over-taking me and turning left cutting me off ... they DO! And ... and ... a lot of the time cars/trucks don't even indicate!!! What's the point in indicators if you don't use them??? It makes me CRAZY with frustration - wasting time just in case someone might be turning).

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    Comment number 34.

    Oh and finally - cars jump red lights all the time! Amber periods are very short. If I'm going at 15 to 20mph, approach a junction, and lights go amber (with no identifiable warning), I have insufficient time to brake AND gear down to avoid stalling later. Cars are fine - they go through a 1-sec+ redlight and zoom through. I go through on amber, and spend more time in the junction on red.

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    Comment number 33.

    And why is it assumed by motorists that they can park anywhere they want? Publicly owned carriageways are assumed by home-owners lining them to somehow belong to them to congest? Why can't they get a house with a drive/garage or not have a large vehicle? I park my bike in the kitchen. My taxes pay for the road too. I just get the main potholes, the sunken drains, the broken glass and rubbish.

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    Comment number 32.

    I mean pedestrian footway (to walk my bike on) - not right of way. Sorry - too tired to communicate clearly - and an emotive topic for me. And ... and why is it ok for motorised vehicles to go on paths? (With an excuse of "parking" or avoiding temporary obstacles?) They damage pavements that cost me tax-money! And I see police vehicles break traffic laws on non-emergencies! E.g. Illegal rghtTrn

 

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