TO: BORIS JOHNSON AND ANDREW GILLIGAN
Cyclists are dying.
Boris, you are the ‘cycling Mayor’. You have the money, you have the vision, you have the experts.
Committing to appoint 128 new staff to TFL’s cycling division, adding new segregated pathways to Cycle Superhighway 2, and pledging £913 million over the next 10 years are admirable actions.
But these plans do not go far enough.
Cyclists are losing their lives at the expense of slow progress on cycle safety.
And Boris, 13 deaths in 2013 are 13 too many.
Where is your sense of urgency?
We call on Boris Johnson and Andrew Gilligan to vastly accelerate their plan for expenditure of the £913 million cycling fund, by releasing an accurate, costed and time-bound plan for how the fund will address cycle safety over the next 12 months, from the end of December 2013.
The plan should address what actions are to be taken - and what changes cyclists can expect - on the following key areas of concern, over the next 12 months;
- Cycle Superhighway 2
- Heavy Goods Vehicles
- Training for motorists, including TFL staff
- Training for cyclists
- Further investment in the cycling fund
Why is this important?
At the time of writing, 13 London cyclists have died this year, and 5 of those deaths over 9 days in November.
Enough is enough.
Cyclists do not need to travel around our city with fear for their lives.
TFL and the Mayor for London do have the right idea. But, as plans are drawn up, consultations are carried out, and meetings are had, London’s roads continue to be unsafe, and cyclists are losing their lives.
We are calling for urgent action from Boris Johnson and the Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan to accelerate their plans, and to be clear about their intentions for cycle safety in London.