Improving safety for cyclists

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3298
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A constituent has asked me to raise with you whether you would support new legislation making it compulsory in London for cyclists to (a) wear a helmet, (b) to carry working lights on their bikes at the front and rear (c) wear a fluorescent jacket, day or night ?

Answer

Answer for Improving safety for cyclists

Answer for Improving safety for cyclists

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree with your constituent that cycling safety is very important and that many people are not aware of what they can do to lessen the risks of injury when cycling in London; that is part of the reason why Transport for London is consulting on a draft Cycle Safety Action Plan that includes a significant workstream around promotion, incentives and awareness raising.

There is already a legal requirement for cycles to be fitted with working front and rear lights if being ridden on a public road when it is dark. My view on the other matters raised by your constituent is that these are quite rightly a matter of individual choice - not legislation or compulsion.