Safer cycling in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5208
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following the tragic deaths of two cyclists in Ealing in the last month, how does the Mayor see TFL's role in supporting the council in creating segregated cycle lanes and giving cyclists their own protected road space (Ealing having previously been promised significant money for a major transformation of Ealing town centre for cycling from TFL; but this promise was never followed through on by the previous Mayor)?

Answer

Answer for Safer cycling in London

Answer for Safer cycling in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was greatly saddened to hear about these recent deaths which occurred within weeks of each other. 

Ealing Council has, rightly, been outspoken in its response to these tragic deaths, stating that we need to fundamentally change the way we travel, especially in light of further population growth.  More, not less, cycling is the answer, and people must be confident that they can do so safely.

Transport for London (TfL) has worked closely with the London Borough of Ealing to develop its cycling strategy over recent years, and continues to do so.  Investment in cycling infrastructure, segregated where needed, is a core component of the strategy, and TfL has supported the borough in delivering ambitious plans.  It provided match funding to Ealing's investment of £500,000 in cycle lanes from Ealing Town Centre along the side of Ealing Common (a central element of the original Ealing Mini Holland bid), a scheme now nearing completion.  More recently, Ealing was granted £2m to deliver a Quietway Route from Ealing Broadway to Greenford, as well as funding to take forward its successful bid to TfL's £114m Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.  Ealing's £8m bid includes proposals for improvements for cyclists and pedestrians around the borough's Lido junction, links to the new Elizabeth line station, and a package of measures to reduce traffic in adjoining residential areas. 

I am confident that TfL and the borough will continue to work together to support more and safer cycling in Ealing, through investment in cycling infrastructure but also the broader measures that are needed to deliver road danger reduction and healthier streets, as set out in my draft Transport Strategy.