London Cycling Campaign condemns victim-blaming after sixth London cycling death in two weeks
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:21pm 19 November 2013
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- Tagged with: victim-blaming, boris johnson, cycling, london
The London Cycling Campaign has condemned the widespread victim-blaming after the sixth London cycling death in two weeks, after Mayor Boris Johnson used the issue of cyclists wearing headphones to deflect attention away from his inaction on junction safety.
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "Telling cyclists to wear more high-visibility clothing and helmets, and suggesting deaths and serious injuries are related to cyclists wearing headphones is a distraction from the very real problems the Mayor needs to address.
"The most effective way to make cycling safe is for the Mayor to urgently address the countless poorly designed junctions that every day put hundreds of thousands of London cyclists in avoidable danger.
"The Mayor must also ensure that only the safest lorries and drivers are allowed on to the streets of Greater London."
The London Cycling Campaign is calling on the Mayor to redesign every major junctions in Greater London to make cycling a safe, comfortable and convenient experience for everyone, and is demanding he take immediate action to address Cycle Superhighway 2 from Aldgate to Bow.
LCC also says every driver in Greater London should have on-bike cyclist-awareness training, and should only drive a lorries with the best safety equipment.
- Metropolitan Police and Transport for London evidence shows that fault in two-thirds of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions in Greater London is attributed to the driver
- Londoners are encouraged to email the Mayor Boris Johnson using our web page
- LCC provides cycling safety advice to all Londoners, particularly for cycling in the vicinity of lorries: