Pedestrian safety

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A resident has contacted me concerned at the dangers to pedestrians caused by inconsiderate cycling. What work are you undertaking in Transport for London and with London Boroughs to avoid conflict between cyclists and pedestrians?


Answer for Pedestrian safety

Answer for Pedestrian safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL continues to fund cycle training for adults and children, delivered through the London boroughs, to improve standards of cycling. This includes advice provided to attendees on how to minimise conflict with pedestrians, including an explanation that jumping red lights and cycling on the footway is illegal.

TfL funds officers in the MPS and the City of London Police to carry out engagement and enforcement activity, with the aim of improving the behaviour of all road users. Amongst the offences actively tackled by the police are cyclists contravening traffic signals and riding on footways, both of which contribute to cyclist conflict with pedestrians. Over the last three financial years, the MPS issued 8,963 fixed penalty notices to cyclists contravening traffic signals, and 15,211 fixed penalty notices to cyclists riding on pedestrian-only footpaths.

My Vision for Cycling details my intention to expand the Metropolitan Police's Cycle Task Force by more than a quarter, from 39 to 50 officers, to improve enforcement against antisocial road user behaviour by all road users, including cyclists.