TfL and Boris to Step Up Cycling Safety

Major of London Boris Johnson and Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy are meeting today to outline how London will combat the safety of cyclists as more people opt for the saddle.

Figures currently show that since 2000 cycling accidents have increased by 150%.

boris johnson cycling safetyMajor of London Boris Johnson and Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy are meeting today to outline how London will combat the safety of cyclists as more people opt for the saddle.

Figures currently show that since 2000 cycling accidents have increased by 150%.

“Every single death or serious incident involving a cyclist on our roads is a tragedy,” said Boris.

“And while we have made a great deal of progress over the last ten years to reduce these very sad occurrences, we are determined to make London’s roads even safer. This is not just about delivering the vast array of improvements we have committed to, but it is also about drivers and cyclists taking extra care.

“So, I urge every motorist, especially lorry and truck drivers, to please always look out for cyclists, and I implore cyclists to stay safe, don’t stay next to a HGV.”

In 2011 there have already been 14 cycling related deaths recorded, seven of which involved HGV or tipper trucks.

Peter Hendy added “Improving cycle safety across London is something that the Mayor and TfL is working flat out to deliver. However, despite strong progress, this is something that the whole of London needs to help with to ensure significant change is delivered.”

“By ensuring safety technology and additional driver training are written into company guidelines, we can all work together to further reduce accidents on the capitals roads.”