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.

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

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    Comment number 12.

    Cyclist vs car RTC fault unclear.
    Cyclist dies.
    Driver of car in the dock for manslaughter.
    Coroner says cyclist dies from head injury, which could have ben avoided if cyclist wore a helmet.
    Is the driver guilty of manslaughter or not?

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    Comment number 5.

    Lets talk about traffic lights...

    I have been driving in central London pretty much every day fro the last eight years. I have never knowingly driven through a red light.

    Go to London today. You will not stand by a single red light that a cyclist does not drive through.

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    Comment number 25.

    I drive in across London 4 hours per day in total. I try to give consideration to all road users. Unfortunately some cyclists behave deplorably on the road, weaving in and out of cars when cars are moving, jumping red lights, using every inch of the road except cycle paths, near misses or hits on zebra and traffic lights. Its time that some cyclists are held accountable for their actions.

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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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    Comment number 7.

    theColour: Cycling though a red light is a breech of the Highway code. It is against the law and demonstrates that cyclists ignore the law and are prepared to take similar risks like undertaking lorries and buses on a single carriageway.


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