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Boris to be challenged over Bow Roundabout deaths

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson will be directly challenged over the safety of Cycle Superhighway 2. Six people have now died on CS2 and local Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs is demanding the Mayor urgently puts in place a safety awareness campaign for cyclists and motorists along CS2, as well as immediately introduce an early phase for cyclists at all traffic lights along the route.

John Biggs first raised concerns over the safety of Bow Roundabout over three years ago with the Mayor and has been campaigning ever since for safety improvements. He will challenge Boris at the start of Mayor’s Question Time today (Wednesday) at City Hall from 10am.

Local Labour London Assembly member, John Biggs AM, said:

“We urgently need the Mayor to act and make Cycle Superhighway 2 safer for all road users. It is unacceptable that people continue to die on this stretch of road, he must put in place interim safety measures and segregate cyclists from other road users along the entire route and put in early phase traffic lights. Unless action is taken people will continue to die, this is a scandal and must stop.

“The Mayor must stop calling CS2 a Cycle Superhighway and encouraging cyclists to use it unless he urgently implements safety measures that will protect these vulnerable road usersalong the whole route. Transport for London need to speak to as many cyclists and motorists along the route as possible about cycle safety. The Mayor must introduce an early phase for cyclists at all traffic lights along the route now.

“My view, which is shared by the coroner who recently investigated the deaths of two cyclists on the Cycle Superhighway 2, is the blue paint on the road creates a false sense of safety and security for cyclists. Instead we need the Mayor to act urgently and prioritise the safety of cyclists and pedestrians at Bow Roundabout and dangerous junctions which are particularly hazardous for vulnerable road users.

“All Cycle Super Highways must be reviewed as swiftly as possible and segregated to avoid any further casualties or deaths. I urge the Mayor of London to sign up to the London Cycling Campaign’s Space for Cycling which will make cycling in London safer. There are too many tragedies and a lot of public money has been spent on the existing Cycle Super Highways that could have been used for segregation.”

Background

The CS2 was recently labelled an “accident waiting to happen” by the coroner investigating the recent deaths of cyclists along the route. John Biggs AM today repeated his call for fully segregating on the CS2.

John Biggs AM is urging Mayor of London Boris Johnson to sign up to the London Cycling Campaign’s Space for Cycling campaign. This calls on Transport for London and local authorities to ensure:

  1. Safer Routes for schoolchildren
  2. Streets without through motor traffic
  3. Protected space on main roads/major junctions
  4. Safe cycle routes via parks and canals
  5. 20mph speed limits
  6. Liveable town centres

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