Cycling in Outer London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2224
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The number of cyclist casualties in 2014 for Outer London has increased by 15 per cent. How will you increase the safety of cyclists in Outer London where the use of cars as a mode of transport is profound?

Answer

Answer for Cycling in Outer London

Answer for Cycling in Outer London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much, Navin.  You are absolutely right in what you say about those statistics in outer London, although of course I should point out that those KSIs in outer London fell by 11% compared to the previous year.  There was a rise in slight injuries, which affected the statistics.  Overall, last year, as I said, was the safest year on record for cycling.

What we are doing to increase the safety of cyclists in outer London is all sorts of stuff: the Mini-Hollands in particular, and we want to see some more progress on those in some boroughs; we have already discussed the Safer Lorry Scheme, which will be important; cycle safety tips campaign; Operation Safeway; all the things that we are doing to improve the safety of cycling in London. 

Navin Shah AM:  Mr Mayor, I have no further time to pursue my supplementary questions but one thing I would like to point out is that Mr Clifton James, a cyclist, was killed in a car collision in Harrow only a month ago.  The statistics do show that in outer London boroughs there is a disproportionate amount of cycling fatalities compared to the actual take-up of cycling.  I will be writing to you about how you can promote better cycling in outer London boroughs, which you are not doing currently, and also the need to make cycling safe, particularly in outer London boroughs.  Thank you.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Thank you.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am grateful to you, Navin, and that is what we are aiming to do.

Navin Shah AM:  Thank you.