Boris Johnson faces renewed calls for more cycling investment

06:53 21 November 2012

The Mayor has previously pledged to improve safety for Britain

The Mayor has previously pledged to improve safety for Britain's cyclists. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

City Hall politicians have called on Boris Johnson to put a timescale on plans to install a new east-west cycle superhighway to go towards stemming the rise in cycling injuries in London.

Boris Johnson will face Mayor's Question Time. File picture: PABoris Johnson will face Mayor's Question Time. File picture: PA

The number of incidents involving riders in the capital has jumped by 50 per cent since 2006, according to Transport for London (TfL) figures.

On Monday, a 35-year-old cyclist became the latest to die on the roads after a collision in Ripple Road, Barking.

Members of the London Assembly have published a report recommending the London Mayor doubles funding for cycling in TfL’s budget, doubles his targets for the number of people using bikes, and appoints a ‘cycling champion’ commissioner.

He will face assembly members during Mayor’s Question Time later this morning.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, chairman of the London Assembly’s transport committee, said: “Following a strong interest in cycling during the 2012 Games, it’s of great concern that cycle safety in London is now showing a decline in real terms.

“Our report shows measures such as doubling cycling funding, making more space on our roads for cyclists and improving junction design, and trialling creative ideas to improve safety could all play a part in encouraging more journeys in London to be made by bike. “A more ambitious vision backed by real political will and safer conditions could help London reach the high levels of cycling seen in other European capitals.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Tinchy Stryder’s song with the Chuckle Brothers has gone down a storm with fans.

Read more

Peta has asked One Direction to cut scenes featuring a chimpanzee from their Steal My Girl video.

Read more

These tweets say something about the people who tweeted them, but we’re not pretending to know exactly what.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

These tweets say something about the people who tweeted them, but we’re not pretending to know exactly what.

Getting the right balance between work and play is a tricky one, but rocky relationships really do play a part in underachievement.

Residents are being urged to calm down as the chances of contracting the disease are “close to nil”.

Local media report Scottish expat being gunned down after intervening during a robbery in Sao Paulo.

TOP Stories

Zaire enjoying her cake at London Zoo

This sweet-toothed gorilla celebrated her birthday in style - by filling her face with a special cake made by Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr.

14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

14:03
Police are keen to talk to this man who was seen leaving the building at around the time of the assault [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are hunting a pervert who pretended he was a plumber before sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in a Bethnal Green flat.

London Bloggers

14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.