Cyclist behaviour

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2817
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you believe that some cyclists behave in a way that can jeopardise the safety of other road users and pedestrians? What measures have you taken to promote good cycling practice amongst existing cyclists? I refer to cyclists complying with the highway code as opposed to cyclists knowing how to protect themselves from HGVs, for example.

Answer

Answer for Cyclist behaviour

Answer for Cyclist behaviour

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that all road users have a responsibility to behave in a way that ensures both their own safety and those of other road users.

Strategically TfL is leading on the 'share the road' campaign and investing over £3.1m in cycle training - which is delivered locally and includes encouragement of considerate cycling practice as well as development of a range of supporting materials and activities. TfL also supports the City of London Police who have run a very successful cyclist education campaign - Operation Atrium - using their powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to errant cyclists.

There has also been work with cyclists to raise awareness of how to keep safe when sharing the road with HGVs and how to lessen the risk of bike theft as well as cracking down on unlawful cycling and driving, unsafe vehicles and obstructive cycle parking. This activity has been well received by cyclists - and shows the value of a balanced and co-ordinated approach in which enforcement plays a part.