Assembly ramps up cycling safety for Londoners

29 January 2015

The Mayor is being urged to commit to ensuring that cyclists are safer on London’s roads.

During a review of the Mayor’s £17 billion Draft Consolidated Budget, Assembly Members agreed a motion[1] calling on Transport for London to set aside 2 per cent of its total budget in 2015/16 to cycling. During the motion debate, concerns were raised about the Capital’s dangerous junctions.

A recent London Assembly Transport Committee Cycling Report showed that cyclist casualty rates have risen every year since 2006.

Darren Johnson AM, who proposed the motion said:

“There are dangerous junctions all across London which need urgent work to make them safer. The Mayor’s ambition to review 500 junctions was reduced down to a 100 junctions and then safety measures on 33 junctions by 2022. Of these, only 10 will be finished by the time Boris Johnson stops being Mayor in 2016. The money is already in the Transport for London budget and I welcome the offer from the Mayor to look at whether these safety schemes could be brought forward, so the problems could be fixed sooner, rather than later. People are likely to be injured and killed at all these junctions in the next few years and Londoners are fed up with the slow pace of change.”

The full text of the motion is here.

Notes to editors:

The motion was agreed by 16 votes for to 9 against at a meeting of the full Assembly today.

Watch the full webcast.

Darren Johnson AM who proposed the motion is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.

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