News from Jenny Jones AM: New TfL figures show cycling not getting safer

2 February 2012

Abstract: New figures fail to support Mayor’s claim that cycle safety has improved in the last few years.

 Newly published official figures show that whilst cycling in London is safer than it was in 2000, the trend has reversed since around 2007/08. The annual casualty figures where already known, but the Travel in London report has now issued revised figures for the number of cycle journey stages per day, broken down by each year since 2000.

 The Mayor told Jenny Jones at a Mayor’s Question Time on the 9th November 2011, it was

 “your duty as an honest politician to tell people the truth that cycling is actually getting safer, when you consider the number of people on the roads”.

 The Mayor’s adviser wrote to Jenny before Christmas stating incorrectly that there had been:

 “…a reduced number of cycling collisions in the last ten years.”

 Jenny Jones has responded:

 “We know that cycle safety is the big problem which puts Londoners off jumping on their bikes. There are a growing number of deaths and injuries of cyclists and trying to cover that up by issuing factually inaccurate statements won’t change the reality. My calculation, based upon the TfL’s figures is that the rate of injuries per cycle journey has been growing since around 2007/08. The truth is uncomfortable for all of us who want London to be a cycling friendly city. The Mayor has failed to make roads safer for vulnerable road users and he is fast becoming the big barrier to the future expansion of cycling in London.”

 “We urgently need to fix the most dangerous junctions and reverse the Mayor’s policy of giving priority to motorised traffic. The Mayor needs to stand his policy on its head and give legal priority on many local roads to pedestrians and cyclists. I will be making these points when I respond to the forthcoming consultation on the Mayor’s Road Safety strategy.”

  ENDS

 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/travel-in-london-report-4.pdf 

Year

Estimated cycling trips per day

KSI

Slight casualties

Total casualties

Rough calculation of ratio

2000

290,000

422

3,084

3,506

83

2001

320,000

465

2,857

3,322

96

2002

320,000

414

2,648

3,062

105

2003

370,000

440

2,616

3,056

121

2004

380,000

340

2,620

2,960

128

2005

410,000

372

2,523

2,895

142

2006

470,000

392

2,566

2,958

159

2007

470,000

451

2,509

2,970

158

2008

490,000

445

2,757

3,202

153

2009

510,000

433

3,236

3,669

139

2010

540,000

467

3,540

4,007

135

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