Road casualty increase (2)

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you accept that the total number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on London's roads has gone up since you were first elected in 2008?


Answer for Road casualty increase (2)

Answer for Road casualty increase (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor 04 September 2013. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured (KSI) per journey cycled in London has dropped by 22 per cent over the last decade. On an absolute basis, however, it is correct to say that the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured (KSI) in London increased from 445 in 2008 to 571 in 2011. However, this should be seen in the context of a considerable increase in cycling in London over recent years, with cycling on London's major roads, the Transport for London Road Network, increasing by 33 per cent since 2008. In 2002, there were around 110 million cycle journeys in London, of which 20 ended in a fatality. In 2012, there were around 180 million bike journeys, of which 14 ended in a fatality.

I take road safety and cycle safety very seriously. In 2010 TfL published the Cycle Safety Action Plan (CSAP) which set down 52 actions to address cycle safety in London. Later this year a revised version of the CSAP will be published which will build on the important work already underway to address cycle safety. In addition to this, much work has been done to improve the safety of cyclists on London's roads, including establishing the Better Junctions review, the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Review and a range of safety campaigns aimed at raising awareness of safety amongst drivers and cyclists. Cycle safety also forms a key part of my Vision for Cycling in London.

A highly disproportionate number of cyclist deaths are caused by lorries exempt from the requirement for basic safety equipment. I have recently announced that I will consult on a Safer Lorry Charge to penalise lorries not fitted with this equipment.