Boris Johnson defended his Cycle Superhighways, but also said he was not against banning lorries during peak hours. During a rather tense Mayor's Question Time, the Mayor said he 'bitterly regretted' the recent deaths but insisted cycling in the capital was safer than in previous years.
Green Party Assembly Member, Baroness Jones, became embroiled in a row with Boris Johnson at Mayor's Question Time after telling him to "apologise to Londoners" for his record on cycling safety, and his "flawed and dangerous (cycling) policies".
Boris Johnson says he is not against the idea of a lorry ban at rush hour. The Mayor says 2 out of 14 recent deaths were during the morning peak. But Boris warns a rush hour ban would risk a "great glut of lorries" the minute the peak was over.
The Liberal Democrat's Caroline Pidgeon questions why it took 18 months to build a cycle lane. Boris Johnson replies we have "shifted heaven and earth to get these things installed". Caroline Pidgeon says it's "not fast enough", adding:
Mr Mayor you need to start taking responsibility for this.
Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has ridden to the defence of Boris Johnson over cycling safety.
Chris Boardman, who is British Cycling's policy adviser, said:
"I don't want to join in with this 'Boris bashing'. Boris is the only person who had the guts to do something about cycling in London. Boris said he was actually going to put money into cycling in the capital. He appointed Andrew Gilligan as cycling commissioner.
"I have a lot of time for Boris and Andrew. Boris has a really tough job. Cyclists are vulnerable and it's tough cycling round the capital. All road-users must obey the rules of the road. It makes me mad to see cyclists behaving badly on the road."
Boris Johnson has waded into the debate about cycling deaths - calling for headphones to be banned. Boris Johnson said those who ride while listening to music were an 'absolute scourge'. But it's not yet clear whether the Mayor actually has the power to enforce a ban, as Luke Farrington reports.