Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Make London a Safer Place to Cycle; THE STANDARD'S CHARTER

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Make London a Safer Place to Cycle; THE STANDARD'S CHARTER

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C-roads: a real cycle network: Despite TfL spending [pounds sterling]11.5 million on the London Cycle Network last year, the Standard can reveal that only 10 miles of new lanes were put in place. The vast majority of the "network" breaks off at key points, often at the most dangerous places such as gyratories. We need "C-roads," cyclist equivalents of A-roads routes that actually take you places; direct, uninterrupted, properly signposted routes on side streets, through parks and on segregated shoulders of main roads.

Better cycle lanes: "London is full of badlydesigned cycling schemes," says one borough cycling officer. Too many are simply lines painted on the road, of very little use to anyone, often covered by parked cars.

Others take cyclists where they will not want to go, for instance on a massive diversion up a hill. Others are even actively dangerous, funnelling cyclists into the path of conflicting traffic.

CCTV for advanced stop lines and better enforcement of traffic rules generally: Fewer cyclists would be cut up on corners if motorists respected the advanced stop lines (ASLs) for bikes at traffic lights. In fact, a survey by Westminster Cycling Campaign discovered motorists entered ASLs during 60 per cent of all red signal phases. The Standard has discovered that there have been few prosecutions for breaching an ASL.

Mirrors for HGVs: HGVs kill 46 per cent of all cycle accident victims in London. A proposed EU directive would require all HGVs to be fitted with cyclist safety mirrors. However, the British Government is opposed to this requirement.

Compulsory cyclist awareness training for all bus drivers and new HGV drivers: As part of their training they should all spend a day on a bike to see the cyclist's point of view.

Cyclist-friendly streets: Remove barriers and railings against which cyclists can be trapped. Remove (or put diversions through) gyratory systems which often require cyclists to pedal between two fast-flowing streams of traffic. Remove (or put cyclist contraflows through) elaborate one-way systems, mainly in the West End, which are designed to keep cars moving but require cyclists to take enormous detours (or, in practice, ride the wrong way down one-way streets). …

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