Boris not against rush hour ban

Boris Johnson sayshe is not against the idea of a rush hour lorry ban, but warns it would risk a "great glut of lorries" the minute the peak was over.

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Boris Johnson 'not against idea' of rush hour lorry ban

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

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.

Boris Johnson says an outright ban is "not practical", adding lorries are needed for construction, they are needed for the economy Credit: Press Association

Boris Johnson insists cycling in London 'getting safer'

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Mayor Boris Johnson is facing questions from the London Assembly about the spate of cycle deaths. He repeats the line that overall the number of fatalities is declining, saying:

Whichever way you cut it you are looking at a reduction in fatalities, statistically it is getting safer to cycle.

I will not be deflected from our course which is to encourage more cycling in London.

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Olympic champion defends Boris Johnson over cycling

Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has ridden to the defence of Boris Johnson over cycling safety.

Chris Boardman cycling with Boris Johnson through central London Credit: Press Association

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."

Your views: Should cyclists stop using headphones?

You've been telling if you think cyclists should be banned from wearing headphones. Tweet us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page.

Martin Webb Whats the difference in a car driver blaring out music then? They can't hear other traffic either, but that's ok is it?

David Cavanagh while we are at it, ban all car users throwing out load music in their cars, its disturbing and not wanted on our streets.

Robert Dallenger Finally Boris says something I agree with, but the headphone ban shouldn't be just for cyclists, it should be for ALL road users.

MPs to hear evidence on safety, training & enforcement

The Transport Committee wants to hear views on:

  • Whether cycling is safe, particularly in towns and cities
  • What central and local Government could do to improve cycling safety
  • Ideas could include better training and advice for drivers and cyclists, better enforcement of the law applying to drivers and cyclists, and better vehicle and road infrastructure
  • Whether it would be feasible to segregate cyclists from other road users
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