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Speed limit plan to aid cyclists

Corporation of London built environment director Philip Everett last week pledged to step up measures to boost cyclist and pedestrian safety in the City .

The Corporation is considering introducing a 20mph speed limit across the Square Mile.

Everett said that the rise in numbers of cyclists and pedestrians meant that it was now “taking active steps within the City to deal with accidents”.

A range of measures is now being considered to tackle the problem.

“One of the things that worry us is that there are an increasing number of accidents in the City,” he said. “There are far more pedestrians than there used to be and there are going to be even more with Crossrail.

“There are now also even more cyclists as cycling in London has trebled in the last 10 years and that has produced an upsurge in accidents and we are determined to do something about that.”

Everett’s comments came after Lord Mayor of London Roger Gifford presented the Corporation’s 25th anniversary Considerate Contractors Gold Award to Keltbray.

“One of our committees is about to consider introducing a 20mph speed limit and we will see how that turns out,” he said. “But the very fact that the City is prepared to contemplate such a measure demonstrates how seriously we take our contribution to road safety.”

 

Readers' comments (2)

  • I used to cycle in London. First commuting 5 miles each way, later 11 miles. When I was doing the shorter distance I was impressed at those that rode faster than me, when I rode the longer distance I learned why, you get fitter and ride faster. I AVERAGED 20mph in rush hour. I would hate to be restricted to the speed of the cars.

    Archie

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  • Don't worry Archie- the good news is that speed limits only apply to mechanically powered vehicles.

    ANY good ideas to help people cycle more must be welcomed. One of the barriers to cycling in this country is a fear of the roads, so anything to alleviate this must be worth a try.

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