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; regulation; vehicle technology; commercial driving and working practices; research and monitoring and continued partnership working. Read the Cycle Safety Action Plan (external website) in full.
The Mayor has asked TfL to review hundreds of junctions across the capital to specifically examine safety and provision for cyclists. This includes 150 major planned schemes on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), as well as every junction on our Cycle Superhighways, plus some other locations that are of particular concern. TfL is working with representatives from cycling and road user groups, London boroughs and the Police to help design better junctions for cyclists and other road users.
Find out more about how TfL are reviewing and improving cycling facilities at junctions (external website) and what schemes are currently being consulted on.
Making lorry drivers cycle aware
We are working to encourage Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) operators to take cycling safety seriously. This includes asking them to join Transport for London’s (TfL) Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (external website), which helps companies improve the safety of their business, reduce their impact on the environment and increase efficiency.
On top of this we are working with over 300 freight companies to encourage them to install side-bars – which can prevent cyclists and pedestrians being pulled under the lorries. We are calling on the government to make this type of safety device compulsory for all construction vehicles. 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.