Friday, 16 November 2012

Five killed in less than three years at Elephant & Castle . This is why you should sign the petition calling on the Mayor to make the roads in this area safer.

Hichame Bouadimi - the latest person to be killed on the road
at Elephant & Castle. He was only five. Source, Evening Standard
Around about now, a group of people will be standing around Elephant & Castle roundabout collecting signatures.

Before we look at why they're doing this, let's look first at who they are. It's an impressive list:


Members of Southwark Living Streets; parents of Friars School; members of the Walworth Society; Friends of Borough Music School; members of Southwark Cyclists; parents and children of the Borough Babies group; Jacobs Island Residents Association; British School of Osteopathy Student Union; parents of Toad Hall Nursery; residents of Octavia Hill Residents Association; parents and teachers of Charles Dickens PTA; the congregation of Southwark Salvation Army Community Church. The list goes on. 

What's noticeable is that this is a list of parents, teachers, communities and residents. All of whom have to endure living and going to school at Elephant & Castle. 

Map of collisions with people on bikes at Elephant & Castle.
Source Levenes solicitors
And when I say "endure", what I mean is this: In the past two and a half years, almost 300 people have been  injured on the roads in and around the Elephant & Castle. Since Christmas 2011, four pedestrians have died including most recently five year-old Hichame Bouadimi

According to Southwark Living Streets: "The danger to all but most clearly to pedestrians and cyclists is endemic and long standing owing to the domination of the area by motor vehicles which move too fast and have too much space."

It seems that local people have had enough. 


The figures tell a different story. The table below is prepared by Southwark Living Streets and shows all casualties between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2012. What this data doesn't show is the number of people killed cycling here, because those incidents pre-dated January 2010. For example, Meryem Ozekman, 37, a fitness instructor from Southwark, crushed by a lorry in 2009 on the Elephant and Castle roundabout.

Fatalities and injuries at Elephant & Castle (30 months from 1 January 2010)


Fatal
Serious
Slight
Total
% all Casualties
Pedestrian
4
15
34
53
19%
Pedal Cycle

11
84
95
33%
Powered 2 Wheeler
1
7
63
71
25%
Car/Taxi

2
35
37
13%
Bus/Coach/ Goods Vehicle

3
25
28
10%
Total
5
38
241
284
100%


And if that's not enough to convince you, how about the comment by Nicole Cooke, Olympic cycling champion: "I certainly wouldn’t fancy riding across Vauxhall Cross or Elephant and Castle in rush hour"

Five people killed in 30 months, 38 serious injuries. 33% of all casualties here are cyclists. 80% of the deaths since 2010 have been pedestrians. 

The petition is simple. You should sign it:


Petition:

We call on Transport for London to make the main roads in and around the Elephant & Castle safer and, 

1) introduce enforced 20mph speed limits on all of these roads, 

2) improve cycle safety on the Northern Roundabout, 

3) create more pedestrian crossings and 

4) narrow carriageways on St George’s Road and Newington Causeway.