Brent and Harrow
5 May 2016 Vote for
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
Labour Party Londonwide

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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.

 

ENDS

 

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.

 

Call to identify dangerous junctions and streets in Harrow and Brent

I am calling on local residents to identify dangerous junctions and streets in Brent and Harrow as part of Road Safety Week, coordinated by the charity Brake. The campaign GO 20 launched on Monday 19 November and I joined the campaign’s call to increase safety on local roads for people on foot and bicycle.

The GO 20 campaign is encouraging drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. In 2009, a London Assembly Transport Committee investigation found that in areas where 20 mph has been introduced in London there has been a 42 per cent reduction in casualties.

Transport for London (TfL) has recently invited comments for a new Road Safety Action Plan for the capital. I backed the submission by the charity Living Streets, which focuses on road safety for pedestrians.

I fully support the GO 20 campaign to slow traffic down on our streets. A 20 mph limit offers the potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. I would like to hear from residents about where in Brent and Harrow could benefit from 20mph limits, where there are dangerous black spots and where crossings need to be made safer.

We also need to make sure that all dangerous junctions are identified and made safer for cyclists. I have campaigned about numerous dangerous junctions in Harrow and Brent including Stanmore Hill and The Broadway and Elmstead Avenue and Forty Lane. I’m calling on local residents to let me know which junctions they think are unsafe, they can write to me at navin.shah@london.gov.uk or write to Navin Shah AM, City Hall, London SE1 2AA.

At a time when the Mayor has cut the road safety budget from £59m in 2008 to just £23m this year, it is more important than ever to slow down traffic in residential areas and make all of our dangerous junctions and streets safe for people on foot and bicycle.

 

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19th November 2012