Cycling Safety Plan

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3414
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please can you give further details about the 'trial of safety measures such as Trixi mirrors' which I read to be a feature of this plan.

Answer

Answer for Cycling Safety Plan

Answer for Cycling Safety Plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Improving safety for all road users is one of my key priorities and Trixi mirrors are an example of an innovative measure that has potential to be of help to cyclists. It is a simple idea, namely that mirrors can be attached to traffic signals and other street furniture to give drivers better sight of cyclists, and may be of particular benefit to drivers of large goods vehicles. TfL has engaged consultants to quantify what benefits such mirrors may have and how best to locate them. TfL propose to submit an application for a limited, closely monitored on-road trial in 2010 and hope that such a trial, if permitted, will demonstrate that these mirrors are effective in helping drivers to see vulnerable road users in close proximity to their vehicles.

I have also written to the Secretary of State calling for the mandatory fitting of extra safety mirrors to Heavy Goods Vehicles.

The draft cycle safety action plan is currently the subject of public consultation and I am keen to see if this process will identify other innovative approaches to improving safety. Clearly, as with the trial of Trixi mirrors to which you refer, these would require careful assessment to determine their usefulness and / or appropriateness as part of the cycle safety toolkit.