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Boris Johnson faces renewed calls for more cycling investment

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

Luke Jacobs
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
6:53 AM

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.

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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.”

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