Cyclist Safety 3

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many initiatives in your new cycle safety action plan are genuinely new activities which have not been in operation previously?


Answer for Cyclist Safety 3

Answer for Cyclist Safety 3

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The draft cycle safety action plan was drawn together to build on the success to date in achieving safer cycling in London and to address the findings of recent research into cycle fatalities. It is this latter work that informed the need for new action on lobbying for better side guard protection, mirrors on lorries and trucks, and changes to road markings (such as Advanced Stop Lines) to facilitate safer cycling. I have now raised these matters with the Secretary of State.

The research work also pointed to the need for better awareness raising among all road users. While TfL will look to new technical measures and training requirements to this end, they will also rightly look to continue and expand much of the excellent work on safety promotions and campaigns that has been developed and delivered with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

Much of the strength of the action plan will rest in the way future activity is focused and co-ordinated through a high-level working group to determine the requisite combination of new and tried and tested measures to improve cyclists' safety.