Concern over road safety is the greatest barrier to people cycling in London. We are committed to making London's roads safer and helping cyclists gain confidence.
Cycle Safety Action Plan
The Cycle Safety Action Plan sets out how Transport for London (TfL) will strive to reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on London’s roads.
The action plan contains 52 separate actions to improve the safety of cyclists, focusing on the following key areas:
- Safer infrastructure
- Training and information
- Communication; enforcement
- Vehicle technology
- Commercial driving and working practices
- Monitoring and continued partnership working.
TfL’s Roads Modernisation Plan includes changes at 33 of London's busiest junctions to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. These include removing gyratories, improving public spaces or creating more direct cycle routes through those junctions. Key junctions include Oval, Old Street and Elephant and Castle.
Safer Lorries Scheme
The Safer Lorries Scheme will use a combination of powers held by TfL and London boroughs to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 50 per cent by 2020.
The scheme will prohibit all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from driving in London unless they are fitted with appropriate sideguards and mirrors. This will protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision and will give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicles.
The scheme will operate across all roads in London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will cover the same area as the London Low Emission Zone and be enforced by the police. It will come into force on 1 September 2015.
As well as the new proposed scheme, we work to encourage heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators to take cycling safety seriously. This includes asking them to join TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS), which helps companies improve the safety of their business, reduce their impact on the environment and increase efficiency. We are also campaigning to make cycle safety awareness a mandatory part of a HGV driver’s training.
Cycling awareness for all road users
All road users, including cyclists, are expected to follow the Highway Code and the Mayor is strongly in favour of promoting responsible behaviour on the Capital’s roads and mutual respect between cyclists and other road users.
We work in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police to crack down on anti-social and illegal behaviour by all road users. We fund the Met Cycle Task Force which aims to improve safety for all by communicating and enforcing the appropriate behaviour for all road users in London. Its activities include talking to Londoners to raise their awareness of dangerous behaviour and cracking down on drivers and cyclists who break the rules of the road. This includes targeting cyclists for offences such as cycling through a red light and cycling on a pavement, and targeting drivers for driving while using a mobile phone, encroaching on cyclist advanced stop lines, and driving within a mandatory cycle lane.