Road safety in Westminster

MQT on 2010-01-27
Session date: 
January 27, 2010
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was alarmed to note that in 2008 Westminster had the highest number of pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured of any borough, thus it also had the highest number of all road users either killed or seriously injured. You say you want to encourage more walking and cycling, but what are you doing specifically to make London safer for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users?


Answer for Road safety in Westminster

Answer for Road safety in Westminster

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are a number of initiatives supported by TfL that are making London safer for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. These include TfL's draft Cycle Safety Action Plan published in 2009. The Plan sets out a number of areas where existing or future London-wide safety actions will target:

· The provision of new, safe infrastructure for cycling; · High impact Pan- London advertising campaigns to make cycling safer by warning drivers that it is easy to miss something if one is not looking for it; · Training to improve driver and cyclists skills including changing places events where HGV drivers and cyclists swap places · Promoting safer cycling among all road users; and · Specific initiatives to tackle freight casualties. These include posters on the backs of lorries with warnings for cyclists, distributing over 10,000 free Fresnel lenses to HGV operators, distributing a DVD highlighting the dangers to cyclists of left-turning HGVs, driver training supported through the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) and pan-London campaigns on the theme of look out for bikes.

For pedestrians, alongside London-wide programmes of road safety engineering measures at particular locations and publicity/awareness campaigns, TfL is trialling the introduction of pedestrian countdown information at traffic signals.

The Pedestrian Environment Review System (PERS) is a walking audit tool which is used to assess the level of service and quality provided for pedestrians on the TLRN and to identify specific improvements which could be made.

TfL has a Motorcycle Policy Unit which is responsible for the coordination and operation of the BikeSafe and ScooterSafe partnership. These initiatives aim to improve the level of rider skills and therefore reduce future powered two wheeler casualties.

TfL continues to work on new and innovative Pan London publicity campaigns to educate drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.