Transport for London Criticism of Cyclists for Accidents

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3948
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Recent comments made by staff from Transport for London such as set out in TfL Board papers of the 6th November 2013 and as expressed by TfL's lawyer during the inquest into Philippine de Gerin-Richard who was killed by a lorry while riding a Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme bike on Barclays Cyle Superhighway 2, suggest that they place significant blame on cyclists for accidents such as on Cycle Superhighway 2.  Complaints about lack of lighting or high visibility clothing for example, give the impression that concerns about the layout of red-routes and superhighways are not appreciated by TfL officers. Such comments are of no relevance to the accident that caused the sad death of Philippine de Gerin-Ricard. Will you ensure that Transport for London take proper responsibility for accidents on red routes and Cycle Superhighways and do not dismiss such incidents unfairly as the fault of the cyclists involved?

Answer

Answer for Transport for London Criticism of Cyclists for Accidents

Answer for Transport for London Criticism of Cyclists for Accidents

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I take cycle safety extremely seriously and there should be absolutely no apportion of blame in these cases. My officers seek to place in the public domain some early facts as we understand them, but these all remain subject to a full investigation by the police.

I am taking action to improve safety through a range of different measures. Improving the infrastructure for cyclists on London's roads is a top priority, and one that is set out in detail in my Vision for Cycling in London published this year.

I am committed to a major upgrade of existing Cycle Superhighway routes. There will be a number of further improvements using a combination of better junctions, segregation, semi-segregation and other measures to reduce potential conflict with traffic.

This will be delivered alongside supporting measures such as awareness campaigns, cycle training and driver training. In addition TfL, working with the police, are deploying 2,500 police officers across London to deal with those road users who put others at risk. This will focus on making sure all road users are obeying the rules of the road and ensure that the interests of all road users, particularly the most vulnerable, are better protected.