We are saddened by the tragic news that for the fifth time in eight years, a person has lost their life at the Holborn gyratory. This time, as so many times across London, it was a woman cycling, hit by a large, turning lorry.
Work on the most dangerous junctions in London had stalled even before the pandemic. During the pandemic we did have a glimpse of what a lower car London can look like; we did see rapid expansion of the cycle network; and we did get increasing awareness in government that active travel has a vital role to play in averting the climate crisis. But we have not seen substantive action on our most dangerous and lethal junctions.
Junctions are where most serious and fatal collisions with those walking and cycling happen. They are the single biggest risk to lives, and the single biggest barrier to more people cycling and walking – particularly to those most put off by hostile road design such as children and parents.
After yet another fatality at Holborn, yet another fatality at Battersea Bridge, multiple fatalities in less than a month in Havering on one road, we do not believe London can delay any more. We are calling on our leaders to reinstate the rapid rollout of safety improvements at every London junction where those walking and cycling lose their lives, with the most dangerous prioritised first. What TfL and DfT call “critical issues” at junctions must be addressed to ensure that every arm of each junction is safe to cycle or walk through. That way these junctions will help realise the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan for no fatal road collisions or serious injuries in London by 2041, rather than trash it.
Protest Ride to fix deadly junctions
Join us on Wednesday 8 September to demand action on deadly junctions. Assemble: 17:30. Depart: 18:00. Barbican Entrance, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS.
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