Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time for Tough Action on Cycling Safety

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time for Tough Action on Cycling Safety

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THE death toll among London cyclists came to 28 in the past four years with the death of polar scientist Dr Katharine Giles in a collision with a lorry this month. Cycling safety, then, deserves urgent action, and that is what police are doing with their latest initiative today, a crackdown on rogue drivers and unsafe heavy goods vehicles. There will be stop-and-search patrols to check licences and inspect construction site vehicles for safety defects, and checkpoints in strategic areas. At present there are few pre-emptive checks on vehicles and the initiative will help establish a database to tackle unsafe drivers and rogue haulage firms.

But although this new police initiative is welcome, more could be done to make the city safe for cyclists. Transport for London is considering fitting lower safety bars on Crossrail construction vehicles: as matters stand they are a danger to cyclists. The TfL commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, is writing to the biggest construction firms to urge them to fit extra mirrors, in-cab CCTV cameras and side sensors to lorries. …

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