Boris Defends TfL Over London Cycling Deaths

Major of London Boris Johnson has defended Transport for London, who have come under fire recently after a series of cycling related deaths.

Johnson said that its heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and cyclists need more education about the dangers on the roads.

Major of London Boris Johnson has defended Transport for London, who have come under fire recently after a series of cycling related deaths.

Johnson said that its heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and cyclists need more education about the dangers on the roads.

“It really worries me when I read about cycling accidents and grieves me sometimes to see the way that TfL is blamed,” he said.

“But sometimes I don’t think interventions, that physical street works are the answer. The answer is very often to educate HGV drivers and cyclists.”

He also suggested that tipper trucks and HGV lorries could introduce new safety measures in the future:

“Since HGVs are so much the problem, as are tipper trucks and cement mixers, there is a case I think for asking them to install side bars running up the flank of the vehicle between the wheels.

“Because if you get hit by a bus, you won’t receive these appalling injuries, you won’t be dragged underneath in this way.”

Cycling deaths in London have already increased by 4 to 14 on last year, sparking anger amongst he cycling community and MPs.

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