Greater London Assembly members have urged mayor Boris Johnson to take swift action to make cycle routes in London safer.
This includes responding fully to criticisms made during the inquest into the deaths of cyclists Brian Dorling and Philippine de Gerin-Ricard in the capital.
Following criticism from police and other witnesses, coroner Mary Hassell expressed concern about the safety of Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) in a “Prevention of Future Deaths” report.
This states that she felt “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.
Last week Johnson announced a full review of the capital’s cycle superhighway network at the launch of a segregated extension section of CS2 (see left).
The Assembly backed three of the coroner’s concerns.
- confusion about the status of un-bordered blue strips of paint forming part of CS2
- need for more education for road users about cycling
- difficulties faced by those cycling around the Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Street junction on CS2
A motion passed by the Greater London Assembly also stated that the Greater London Assembly’s transport committee should consider these issues in its December meeting, which will be attended by the mayor’s cycling tsar Andrew Gilligan.
Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon, who proposed the motion, said: “Recent moves by the Mayor to introduce segregated lanes for cyclists are welcome, but it is clear that many London cyclists do not feel safe and the blue painted lanes on traffic-heavy cycle superhighways can give a false sense of security.
“The recent coroner’s report into the tragic deaths of Brian Dorling and Philippine de Gerin-Ricard highlights future risks to life unless action is taken by the Mayor and Transport for London.
“We’re concerned to see that the number of collisions have increased significantly – those causing death or serious injury rose by 18% between 2011 and 2012.
If the mayor wants to see a true “cycling revolution”, he must urgently reflect on the design and layout of cycle superhighways to ensure cyclists can get around London without putting their lives at risk.”