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

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    Comment number 1.

    this protest is a great idea,i represented the Cairns family who were this week seeking a fresh inquest into the death of Eilidh by a HGV in Notting Hill in 2009 and i see so much of the carnage following HGV v Cyclist collisions.we are asking parliament to change the law so that cameras and sensors on HGV's are compulsory,please join with us.
    Kevin O'Sullivan, Levenes Solicitors.

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    Comment number 2.

    Whilst a lot of accidents may be the result of cyclists being the victims of motor vehicles. What about growing number of cyclists who flout the highway code (road markings, traffic lights, rights of way) etc? I have seen as many cases where the cyclist is at fault as the drivers. How many accidents have been caused by irresponsible cyclists? Can we get some balance in this apparent blame game?

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    Comment number 3.

    Simon - some cyclists don't ride with care but I find it irritating that whenever involved in a discussion about cycle safety, this always comes up. Cyclist/padestrian & cyclist/cyclist incedents rarely cause death. Main cause of death is Cyclist/HGV incidents & position in the road is an important factor in this. Roads need to be designed so cyclists are able to take the correct road position.

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    Comment number 4.

    Ashleigh, unfortunately it does need to come into debate, The number of cyclists without helmets that run red lights etc and that decide that because of their mode of transport means they can swerve through traffic is getting higher and higher, and other cyclist only blaming others on the road is not helping, cyclists need to think more for themselves first!

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    Comment number 5.

    London Girl - Running red lights and not wearing a helmet isn't the main cause of death though. While not condoning this (definitely condemning this) a helmet won't help you if you are hit by an HGV turning left into you becuase it can't see you. Road position is also a cyclists responsibility but additionally it is very tricky on London streets designed only for cars and HGVs.

 

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