|Brand new London cycle route designed by TfL and |
Westminster. Can you spot the problem?
What's more, although cyclist fatalities declined between 2009 - 10, "when those figures are combined with the number seriously injured, there was an eight percent rise in cycling casualties, despite a decline among other road users."
I would suggest the Transport for London spokesman originally quoted in the Evening Standard was being less than honest with Londoners about its record in keeping us safe while cycling on London's roads.
And that's not a huge surprise, really. As the blogger at Cycling Intelligence points out there four cyclists have been killed by HGVs within metres of this same spot in the last few years:
In 2006, Wendy Gay was crushed by a lorry as she rode in a cycle lane on Euston Road close to the British Library.Also in 2006, Emma Foa died after she was run over by a lorry on Goodsway. In 2007, Madeleine Rosie Wright died at the junction of Pentonville Road and Penton Rise after she was hit by a lorry. This week, Joo Lee was killed at the junction of Pentonville Road and York Way.
And guess what Transport for London has to say about the way it designs junctions like Pentonville Road? Transport for London has the audacity to claim that junctions on its network are safe for cycling. When it described the new junction it has designed at Blackfriars to a committee of London Assembly Members, TfL had the chutzpah to claim "This junction is not atypical of other central London junctions which work successfully for cyclists." In other words, it is saying this junction is just like many other central junctions and that these work successfully for cyclists.
My view is that the statement by Transport for London is utterly irresponsible and frankly immoral.
I'm going to Blackfriars next Wednesday evening to make my point. It's not about Blackfriars. It's about all the roads in London and to encourage the Mayor to start dealing with cycling properly. Wednesday 12th October, 6-7pm Blackfriars Bridge. You should be there.