Cycle Safety

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree with your biographer, Sonia Purnell, that 'Boris spent £100million on 'Boris bikes' but he has not made the streets safer for cyclists' and why?


Answer for Cycle Safety

Answer for Cycle Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(Written answer provided on 23 March 2012.)

No, I do not agree with this statement. The safety of cyclists has always been a top priority for me and a huge part of my cycling programme has been to invest in safety. We are now spending more than ever on cycling, with over £200 million invested between 2008/09 and 2010/11. Since 2008 the rate of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) has fallen by 7%; and the rate of cyclists killed and seriously injured on all London roads (including borough roads) has fallen by 6%.

Our investment in Barclays Cycle Hire goes beyond the bikes and docking points and includes funding to improve cycling infrastructure as well as promotion of safer cycling, thorough initiatives such as the Cycle Hire Code of Conduct.

The first ever Cycle Safety Action Plan was produced by Transport for London (TfL) in 2010 and reviewed and updated in 2011. This sets out how TfL and its partners will strive to reduce cycle fatalities and casualties, continue to develop improvements and promote cycling as a safe and attractive mode of transport. The Action Plan contains 52 separate actions to improve the safety of cyclists focusing on the following key areas: safer infrastructure; training and information; communication; enforcement; regulation; vehicle technology; commercial driving and working practices; research and monitoring; and continued partnership working. But of course we must always continue to do more. This is why I have asked TfL to review hundreds of key junctions across the Capital to specifically examine safety and provision for cyclists. This includes 150 major planned schemes on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), as well as every junction on our Cycle Superhighways, plus some other locations that are of particular concern.