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Archives for December 2011

Transport for London ignores increases in road danger, making motorbikes in bus lanes permanentPublished: 01:17pm 22 Dec 2011

Despite three years of trials showing increased danger, Transport for London is going ahead with its plans to allow motorbikes to permanently use red-route bus lanes in line with Mayor Boris Johnson's 2008 election promise.
The report on the ...

Cautious welcome for Transport for London King's Cross and Bow announcements on cyclist and pedestrian safetyPublished: 10:51am 22 Dec 2011

In response to recent campaigns by cyclists and pedestrians, Transport for London (TfL) has announced a "strategic review of traffic movements" around King's Cross, including examining the feasibility of returning it to two-way.
TfL also says...

Xmas Vigil at Kings Cross is stark reminder that London's streets must be safe for everyonePublished: 05:13pm 21 Dec 2011

A crowd of around 200 concerned Londoners took part in the Xmas Vigil at King's Cross to remember all those who've died on the capital's roads in 2011.
Candles were laid out in the shape of a bicycle, and the names of the 16 cyclists killed t...

Kings Cross Xmas vigil will ask: "Why are London cyclists at least twice as likely to suffer fatal crashes as the Dutch?"Published: 10:02pm 15 Dec 2011

From 6pm on Tuesday 20 December 2011 cyclists, pedestrians, and friends and family of recent crash victims will gather outside King's Cross station for a Xmas vigil to remember loved ones and highlight the unacceptable death toll on the capital&...

Family, friends and supporters pay tribute to cyclist Ellie Carey killed on Tower Bridge RdPublished: 07:02pm 14 Dec 2011

Family, friends, local residents, politicians, campaigners and concerned Londoners gathered near the place on Tower Bridge Road where cyclist Ellie Carey was struck by a lorry on Friday 2 December 2011.
The crowd observed a minute's silence in ...

All-party London assembly motion tells Mayor cyclist safety must come before 'smoothing the flow'Published: 05:46pm 14 Dec 2011

An all-party motion (full text below) passed in the London Assembly on Wednesday 14 December 2011 has called for a review of every dangerous junction in Greater London.
What still hasn't emerged is a date for the review of Bow roundabout and the ...

Report claiming Westminster parking charges will cause economic misery based on "guessing"Published: 02:49pm 12 Dec 2011

Respected transport journalist (and London Cycling Campaign board member) Christian Wolmar has reported finding serious flaws in widely published predictions that the proposed Westminster car parking charges will cost the capital 5000 jobs and &po...

Boyfriend of cyclist killed at King's Cross calls for Dutch-style bike lanes to reduce road dangerPublished: 01:03am 12 Dec 2011

In an open letter to Transport for London, the boyfriend of the cyclist killed at King's Cross has called for Dutch-style cycle lanes to reduce road danger in the area.
Kenji Hirasawa (pictured above) said, "I would like the council to con...

Long-term lobbying on roadworks bears fruit as Transport for London and Camden heed cyclist advicePublished: 05:04pm 09 Dec 2011

Long-term lobbying of Transport for London and local councils around roadworks taking account of cyclists is finally paying off.  
Recent intervention by our local groups in Southwark and Camden has made sure roadworks on busy cycle routes...

Special price on advanced tickets for the London Bike Show in January 2012Published: 01:09pm 09 Dec 2011

We'll have a stand at the London Bike Show at ExCel again this year, from 12-15 January 2012, showing off our 2012 campaigns alongside the best in bike bling.
If you book in advance via the website using the code LCC1, you'll save £6 on t...

Family of Ellie Carey organise vigil and call for action to improve cyclist safety in LondonPublished: 08:47pm 08 Dec 2011

A vigil will take place for Ellie Carey at 6pm on Wednesday 14 December, with participants asked to meet at 5.45pm at Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square, very close to the junction where the fatal crash took place.
The family of Elea...

Westfield Stratford shopping centre still in line for worst bike lanes in London prizePublished: 02:47pm 08 Dec 2011

Westfield Stratford came in for a lot of stick for the sheer awfulness of its bike lanes earlier this year, and it doesn't look like its latest solution will enhance its reputation.
Rather than embracing the principles of Go Dutch (equality, co...

Conservative London Assembly members shock cyclists by turning backs on junction safety debatePublished: 02:30pm 07 Dec 2011

A key London Assembly motion on reducing road danger at junctions, following recent cyclists’ deaths, was dropped on Wednesday 7 December 2011 when Conservatives walked out of a plenary session making the meeting inquorate.
LCC's Mike Cav...

Mayor ignores calls for immediate action at Bow roundabout with no action on promised safety reviewPublished: 05:34pm 02 Dec 2011

Three weeks after promising a review of cyclist safety at Bow roundabout Mayor Boris Johnson still hasn't set a timetable for it to report, despite families and campaigners calling for urgent action. 
BBC London Transport Editor Tom Edward...

Merton Cycling Campaign says London's Road Safety Audits fail to reveal danger to cyclistsPublished: 04:02pm 02 Dec 2011

A detailed report prepared for Merton Cycling Campaign describes Transport for London's current Road Safety Audit procedures as "diseased" because they're incapable of identifying dangers, including those posed by one of Greater London...

Sixteenth London cyclist fatality in 2011 at Bermondsey junction identified by locals as dangerousPublished: 02:41pm 02 Dec 2011

This morning a cyclist was killed in a collision with an HGV at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street, a location identified as dangerous by local people.
Please support calls for safer junctions in London
In response to worries ...