'No perfect' cycling solution

At Mayor's Question Time, Boris Johnson has admitted no solution to cycle safety will ever be perfect.

Boris Johnson: Simple fact that cycling is getting safer

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

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.

They are a big net benefit to the system. They are there to stay. The simple fact is that cycling is getting safer.

– Boris Johnson

Segregated cycle lanes 'take significant road space'

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

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.

One of London's Cycle Superhighways
One of London's Cycle Superhighways Credit: Press Association

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."

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Warning over cycle superhighways: Future death will occur

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.

Painting busy roads blue 'typical Boris PR gimmick'

We welcome the very clear statement by the Coroner.

Painting part of busy roads blue is a typical Boris PR gimmick but innocent cyclists are dying due to Boris's failure to think beyond the photo call.

To avoid another tragedy and respect the memory of a father and a husband there needs to be no more Boris flannel but clear answers and real action.

– Tom Jones, Solicitor

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False sense of security at 'Cycle Superhighways'

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