MQT on 2004-06-24
Session date: 
June 24, 2004
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given how many cyclists and bicycle messengers have been killed by collisions with HGVs, is it time to look at restricting their movement around London and especially within the congestion charging zone?


Answer for HGV's

Answer for HGV's

Answered By: 
The Mayor

During 2003 (and bearing in mind that Congestion charging started on 17 February 2003), in London overall there were a reported 61 collisions between HGVs and cyclists (6 fatal, 17 serious and 38 slight). Of these, within the Congestion Charging area, there were 14 collisions (1 fatal, 3 serious and 10 slight). These data are drawn from the total number of accidents involving cyclists which were 3056 (19 fatal, 421 serious and 2616 slight) in London overall and 366 (2 fatal, 45 serious and 319 slight) within the Congestion Charging zone. TfL are carefully monitoring the congestion charging scheme to understand its impact across a range of issues, with safety being a key consideration. The monitoring will help to identify whether any variations are required to mitigate any adverse effects. However, what is important to remember is that cycle safety is a key issue that needs to be dealt with on a London-wide basis. TfL's Road Safety Unit are working with distribution companies to get the message out to both HGV drivers and cyclists that they need to be more aware of each other. Ready Mix Cements (RMC) already include signs on the backs of their vehicles warning cyclists to look out for the vehicle potentially turning left. The Road Safety Unit are also working with a major supermarket chain on broadening driver training (to highlight the need to look out for cyclists) and installing signs on the backs of vehicles to warn cyclists of the potential hazard. It is hoped that this will act as a catalyst for other retailers and distribution companies.We should not forget that most activities in London ultimately require the collection and delivery of goods and provision of services and therefore the best solution will be to create an environment where both goods vehicles and cyclists can safely share road space.