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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.

 

Brent school children delighted with two wheels

I was delighted to meet pupils at Malorees Junior school in Kilburn who were helping to launch the new 'Bike it' scheme, together with TfL, Sustrans, NHS Brent and Brent Council.

It was great to see so many pupils, parents and teachers taking up cycling in the borough. Cycling is  a sustainable, healthy, and environmentally green way of commuting and should be promoted.

A day of bike-related activates had been planned including a bike breakfast and Dr Bike, for free bike checks.

The number of cyclists in London has been steadily increasing over the last decade and it is fantastic to see the next generation taking it up so early.

There is a lot more that can be done to get people on bikes in London and Malorees is a great example of a proactive approach towards cycling.

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I was pleased to be asked to open the new Bike Shed facility at Malorees', which is already being well-used. It looks like they will need another bike shelter soon as cycling is so popular here.

At the event, I spoke about my commitment to increasing the amount of walking and cycling in Brent, and of my keeness to see other initiatives, such as cycle sports facilities, be explored by Brent’s officers.

Teacher and organiser of the day, Paul Kaffel, said: "We were extremely pleased to see so many cyclists; children and adults alike, at our Bike Breakfast. There was a real sense of community and energy and we look forward to filling our new TFL funded shelter with the bikes of regular ride to school children."

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10th November 2011

London Cycle Hire Scheme Launches

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The London Cycle Hire Scheme, sponsored by Barclays launched in August, allowing members to use bicycles between docking points across Zone 1. Over half a million journeys have already been made on the bikes and I would urge my constituents to consider registering for the scheme for an alternative to the Tube in central London. Registration costs £48 for the key and one year, You can find out more at the TfL website.

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20th September 2010