Protection of Pedestrians from dangerous cyclists.

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2615
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you share the concerns of many of my constituents who increasingly report 'An increasing number of cyclists seem to believe that it is their right to cycle through red lights, constantly jeopardising pedestrians. Cyclists also go through red lights and/or cycle on the pavement, both on main roads and side streets. They weave in and out of pedestrians at will, often coming up behind you with just inches to spare I myself have had many near misses. Recently I was nearly run down by a cyclist going through a red light on Upper Street, Islington. When I shouted at her that the green sign was showing and this means that pedestrians can cross safely, she shouted back that her safety (from drivers) was paramount. My neighbour was recently knocked down by a cyclist going through a red light and fractured both collar bones'. And are you as keen to protect pedestrians from dangerous cyclists as to protect cyclists from dangerous drivers?

Answer

Answer for Protection of Pedestrians from dangerous cyclists.

Answer for Protection of Pedestrians from dangerous cyclists.

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to developing cycling in London and to making London's streets safer for everyone. Transport for London are working with the police and the boroughs to raise awareness of the dangers of selfish and unlawful driving and riding and to use Police enforcement to complement strategic campaigns, such as Share the Road, and locally focused campaigns. There are now around 2,000 police and emergency services personnel using bicycles as part of their everyday operations - they set a good example to cyclists and provide public reassurance as well as being very effective in catching wrongdoers of all kinds. The police already have powers to impose a fixed penalty notice and a fine on cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements.