At yesterday’s Greater London Assembly plenary session, member Jenny Jones put forward an important motion for discussion which was supported by, among many others, our local Greater London Assembly member Jennette Arnold:
“This Assembly deeply regrets the deaths of cyclists on London’s road network and wishes to express its condolences for the loss felt by their relatives and friends. We are concerned that some cyclist deaths and injuries could have been avoided if the road network designs for the locations where these deaths and injuries occurred had been safer. We therefore call on the Mayor and Tfl to:
- Provide a comprehensive list of dangerous road junctions across London for cyclists, to include any where a fatal cycling accident has occurred;
- Carry out a full review of each of these junctions, considering any proposals made by cycling and road safety groups on how to redesign these junctions to make them safer. These reviews should be publicly available and include details on why any suggestions have been rejected.
- Secure an agreement with the Department for Transport to roll out Trixi mirrors at all major junctions across London, to help ensure cyclists are visible to drivers
- Look into expanding cycle training across London Boroughs.
- Bring forward proposals to improve cycle safety at Bow roundabout, King’s Cross and the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey street where recent cyclist fatalities have occurred.”
Unfortunately, the discussion didn’t take place as one political party walked out before it could be taken.