Mayor's Oral Update (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, we have already seen this morning the reaction from some Members to your response to a direct question about cyclists wearing headphones, and I am very conscious that a period immediately after a series of terrible incidents like this is often the hardest time to have a dispassionate conversation, quite understandably so.  In light of that, and so that we can all make our decisions and policy choices in an environment of hard fact, will you be willing to commission a small discrete piece of statistical research done by a completely independent body, perhaps one of London’s academic institutions, doing a bit of data analysis around the patterns of accident circumstances involving cyclists around London - not just the fatalities, those are important - but all, so that we have a large enough dataset so we know accurately the proportion involving HGVs, the proportion involving Cycle Superhighways, primary, secondary roads, experienced cyclists, inexperienced cyclists, etc.  I think that will give us a strong factual basis on which we can have no party political divides about how to move forward on this issue.

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Answer for Mayor's Oral Update (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Mayor's Oral Update (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Certainly on all the fatalities we have now a wealth of information about them as far as we are able to assemble it, because sometimes the evidence will be confused, but we have pretty good information about what has happened and we study it.  On the injuries, I am less certain about exactly what data we have, but I am more than happy to share it with you.


James Cleverly (AM):  Thank you.  Would you be happy for me to contact Andrew Gilligan [Cycling Commissioner] about progressing this piece of research?  I think it is very important.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am sure that lots of data already exists.  I do not know whether it is ready for publication at the moment, but I would be more than happy to share what we have with you.


James Cleverly (AM):  Thank you.