London Cycling Campaign writes to Mayor calling on him to provide safe space4cycling in Central London

In the wake of the two #space4cycling protest rides, we've written to the Mayor Boris Johnson calling on his to reaffirm his 2012 commitment to bring all Cycle Superhighways up to Go Dutch standards.

We're also calling on the Mayor to make major layout changes around Holborn, reallocating roadspace so there's safe space4cycling throughout.

To the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson:

We at the London Cycling Campaign would like join you in extending our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of two cyclists recently killed on London’s roads in collisions with lorries: Philippine de Gerin-Ricard and Alan Neve.

I am sure I speak also for the thousands of people who attended our #space4cycling protest rides on Friday 12th July at Aldgate and Tuesday 16th at Holborn in offering our sympathies to the bereaved.

As you will be aware Ms de Gerin-Ricard was killed while using a hire bike on Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) near Aldgate, and Mr Neve was killed cycling through the multi-lane one-way system in the vicinity of Procter Street/High Holborn.

Both of these locations present serious dangers to cyclists about which LCC has written to the authorities in the past and asked to be addressed.

Regarding CS2:
As we have formally submitted before, we believe that the blue-painted highway does not protect cyclists as intended – and indeed may arguably lead to inexperienced cyclists perceiving that a greater level of protection exists than is physically the case.

We would like to reiterate our belief that physical separation of CS2 from motor traffic, with signal controls to allow cyclists to cross junctions without conflict with motor vehicles, is the only way to ensure CS2 is of the necessary quality.

Given your very welcome commitment to our Love London, Go Dutch campaign – including a promise to complete the Superhighway programme to international standards – we ask that you reaffirm that CS2 will be upgraded as above, and that you publicise the timetable for doing so.

Regarding the Holborn area:
Theobalds Road is London's busiest bike street in the morning rush hour, with cyclists making up 64% of the westbound vehicles on the road at this time.  

Theobalds Road leads straight into a very hazardous one-way system of multi-lane roads often jammed with heavy vehicles cutting across from both sides.

In particular, it leads into the one way section of High Holborn, which is four lanes wide and especially inhospitable to cycling. We have formally submitted our deep concerns about the dangers cyclist face at this location.

Once again physically separated space for cycling must be provided in order to adequately address these dangers, with cycle-specific signalisation at junctions. We ask that you make sure that such facilities are installed as soon as possible.

This summer we have seen more and more Londoners, as well as visitors to the capital, using their own bikes or Barclays Hire Bikes to get about and enjoy our city. You must take credit for helping to achieve that.

However the dangers that new and seasoned cyclists face in London remain substantial.

Proper space for cycling – including sufficiently wide, physically separated lanes where motor traffic volumes or speeds are high – is essential to make our city as safe and inviting for cycling as we all want.

We therefore call on you to reaffirm your commitment to providing such space as a matter of urgency.

Yours Sincerely,

Ashok Sinha
Chief Executive
London Cycling Campaign