Met Police's cycle safety move welcomed

 
Met Police inspect lorry at Vauxhall on Monday The Met stopped 70 lorries and issued 15 penalties in the operation on Monday

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The move by the Met's traffic officers to make road safety their number one priority will be welcomed.

By next week there'll be 2,500 officers on the street policing all road users.

Interestingly, there was a smaller scale operation on Monday at Vauxhall where in just four hours, the officers stopped 70 lorries and issued 15 penalties for offences such as the vehicles not being fit for the road.

They also stopped 100 cyclists, who were given safety advice for things like cutting corners and wearing headphones.

Safety of London's cyclists under the spotlight

It shows the scale of the problem and it also shifts the debate away from infrastructure onto the road users.

This is a short term measure but I think London Mayor Boris Johnson had to be seen to be doing something.

The real issue will still be that there are record numbers of cyclists in the capital but the safe infrastructure is a long way off.

This intervention could save lives in the short-term but when the police go, what then?

And the calls for a daytime HGV ban are increasing in volume and frequency.

 
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    Comment number 40.

    30 years ago I was involved in an accident that was fatal for a cyclist. I can tell you all, you can never forget! Since then I have driven & cycled many hundred of miles. I have been disgusted & feared for my life from the treatment many motorists gave me as a cyclist, the best phrase I came across to describe those experiences "most drivers treat a traffic cone with more respect than a cyclist"

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    Comment number 39.

    I cycle in Bath and before anyone says it I wear high vis, have lights front and back, wear a helmet and have insurance I also drive a car and obey road rules. My cycle to work is a nightmare! This morning I got sworn at because I stopped at a zebra crossing to let a lady with a pushchair cross
    I can't seem to win... drivers need to stop treating cyclists as second class citizens on the road!

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    Comment number 38.

    A few police around on my cycle along the notorious Cycle Super highway 2 this morning. It's always much worse in the evening though when the local thugs drive aggressively between fried chicken shops (usually parking in the cycle lane outside). No police around then. Driving standards as bad as usual.

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    Comment number 36.

    Think cyclist should be made to take a course as a moped or motor bike rider,made to wear helmets,made to wear hi-vis with a licence number on and be accountable for breaking highway code rules ,as a driver in London if I drove a vehicle the way a lot of cyclist rode I would not have a license by the end of the day

 

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