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Warning over cycling casualties on rise in outer London

The Mayor of London has faced questions after recent Transport for London (TfL) figures showed that cyclist casualties in Outer London rose by 15% last year. The rise was a “clear sign that the Mayor cannot solely focus safety improvements on inner London”.

 I used July’s Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall to warn the Mayor that he must do more to increase cyclist safety in Outer London. His question follows the tragic death of 60 year old cyclist, Clifton James, in Harrow on 21st June and follows calls from local lobby group Harrow Cyclists for more investment in cycling from the Mayor.

Cycling casualties have increased by 63% in Outer London since the Mayor took office and rose by 15% in the last year alone. The rise has led to concerns that the Mayor's efforts to improve cycling safety in the capital could become too focused on inner London routes, with outer boroughs overlooked.

Cyclists should be able to use our roads without fear of injury, it’s that simple. The rise in cyclist casualties in outer London is incredibly worrying and shows that with cycling becoming more popular we need to see investment in safety improvements across the capital, not just inner London.

We have some really promising cycle safety projects, such as the mini-Hollands and Cycle Superhighways. Now we need the Mayor to be more ambitious and spread these schemes further to boroughs like Harrow, lest outer London be left behind.

 

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Notes

-  Transport for London statistics showing a rise in cycling casualties in Outer London can be found here.

-       A draft transcript from Mayor’s Question Time on 15th July 2015 can be found here

-       Harrow Cyclists wrote to Mr Shah asking the Mayor of London to provide sustainable investment cycling facilities across London.