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The Green Party's Jenny Jones tells Boris Johnson some Cycle Superhighways aren't as safe as they could be. She mentions Peckham Road and asks Boris Johnson to cycle the route of CS5 before it is created to see the dangers.
Assembly Member John Biggs presses Boris Johnson on Cycle Superhighway 2, repeating the Coroner's warning about lulling cyclists into a false sense of security.
Boris Johnson says: "Could we have segregated lanes? The difficulty is you take away a significant amount of road space without improving safety. Cyclists don't always use segregated gullies."
Assembly Member John Biggs wants to know what the Mayor will do about Cycle Superhighway 2, after recent deaths and Coroner's calls for action. At Mayor's Question Time, Boris says:
The Mayor's cycle superhighways have come under attack from a senior Coroner who has warned they are putting lives at risk. In her report into the deaths of two cyclists, Coroner Mary Hassell describes the blue cycle lanes as 'confusing', and warns they lure users into a false sense of security.
She's urged the Mayor and Transport for London to take action to stop more people being killed on the capital's roads. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Speaking to our Political Correspondent, Simon Harris, Boris Johnson denied cycle superhighways were inherently unsafe, and were there to help make motorists more aware of cyclists.
A report into two deaths on London's blue 'Cycle Superhighways' has set out the concerns of the Coroner. The highways are one of Boris Johnson's flagship policies.
The inquests heard evidence into the death of Brian Dorling, who died at Bow roundabout, and Philippine De Gerin-Ricard, who died on a Boris Bike outside Aldgate East tube station. Both cyclists died after being hit by HGVs.
The Coroner's report said:
- Cyclists wrongly assume (as Mr Dorling may have done) that they have priority, and are lulled into a false sense of security
- It seems that, despite the efforts already made, more work could usefully be undertaken to educate cyclists (and motorists) about safer riding techniques
- Junction of Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Street in London E1 (where Ms de Gerin-Ricard sustained her fatal injuries) remains difficult to negotiate