Calls from road safety campaign group, Stop Killing Cyclists, to pedestrianise London’s Oxford Street have been backed by Labour’s London Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, in a bid to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety.

The proposed pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, and other major shopping streets and squares in London, is part of the Stop Killing Cyclists’ “10 by 2020” London Mayoral Cycle Safety Challenge.

The challenge, issued to candidates and political parties in August 2015, calls for Mayoral candidates to commit to a series of pledges aimed at improving cyclist and pedestrian safety in the city, including:

  • Investing 10% of TfL budget in cycling infrastructure by 2020
  • Implementing a 20mph speed limit across London
  • Introducing a ban on tipper trucks during rush hour in the city
  • Supporting a comprehensive grid of physically protected cycle-routes across the TfL road network

Co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists, Donnachadh McCarthy, welcomed the support for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street from Mr Kahn and the other Mayoral Candidates.

Tom Jones, head of policy at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Boris Johnson makes much of his being a cyclist and yet under his watch, other than bits of blue paint and a recent rush on the East West cycle superhighway, which looks suspiciously like electioneering, road safety improvements in London have stagnated. Cyclist deaths meanwhile have become far too common.

“Separating HGVs and lorries from cyclists and ensuring that cyclists have priority at left turns are basic improvements that have been avoided for too long but better still are pedestrian areas. On behalf of clients who have been injured and even killed on London’s roads this commitment from Sadiq Kahn and the other mayoral candidates is welcome.”