Campaign group report shows over 2,000 cyclists injured on London’s roads since 2010
Cycling safety campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a protest at Westminster City Hall yesterday, marking the 54 cyclists who have been killed on the city’s roads in the last four years.
This includes the six cyclists who died in just two weeks in November last year. The group also estimates that more than 2,000 cyclists have been injured after road traffic accidents in the city.
The protest coincides with the publication of the group’s report on the London Boroughs’ failure to install safe, segregated cycle lanes.
The report found that only three of London’s 32 Boroughs had installed any such cycle lanes since the 2010 local elections, and that only four planned to do so in the next 12 months. Thirteen Boroughs have no segregated cycle lanes at all.
The situation does not look likely to improve, as 14 Boroughs admitted that they had not budgeted any money towards safer cycling infrastructure in the next financial year.
Tom Jones, head of policy at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Cyclist deaths and serious injuries continue to rise and whilst the Mayor makes all the right noises London Boroughs admit they have no plans and in most cases it can be assumed no budget to take action. In the short time since the New Year, we have already seen two cyclist deaths, and unless the Mayor puts his money where his mouth is and helps the Boroughs implement what everyone knows makes sense, it is only a matter of time until the next one.
“As the number of Londoners choosing to cycle increases which is a positive on so many fronts, spending on safer cycle-ways needs to be made a priority. Cyclists are vulnerable road users whose lives are being put at needless risk. They deserve better protection.”
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