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Cyclists warned of dangers of skipping red lights

A coroner has warned cyclists of the dangers of ignoring red lights after the death of a young woman at Bow Roundabout.

Venera Minakhmetova became the third cyclist to die at the roundabout in two years when she was killed in a collision with a lorry at Bow Roundabout on November 13 last year.

A coroner has warned cyclists of the dangers of skipping red lights. Credit: PA Wire

Mary Hassell concluded that the 24-year-old "most likely" cycled through a red light prior to her death.

She said many cyclists went through red lights but did not suffer the same "devastating consequences" by "virtue of luck".

"It's important that I'm open and honest about the cause of this collision, for no other reason that other cyclists need to understand what dangerous behaviour contravening a red light is, and that there are potentially devastating consequences," Ms Hassell added.


Londoners can locate ward and email candidates easily

Cyclists can enter their postcode into the website to locate their ward and email candidates Credit: .

Using the latest online mapping and lobbying technology, Londoners can quickly and easily enter their postcode to locate their ward and then email their council election candidates calling for their support for the specific Space for Cycling measure identified for their area.

They can also use the new tool to see what is being called for in all wards in London and, as the campaign progresses, track responses from candidates.

Improvements include protected cycle lanes

Improvements include:

  • Install protected cycle lanes in a newly created Bradley Wiggins Way (Kilburn ward, Brent)
  • Remove through motor traffic from the cycling corridor on Tavistock Place (Bloomsbury ward, Camden)
  • Redesign Wimbledon's town centre to be walking and cycling-friendly (Hillside ward, Merton)
  • Reduce motor traffic speed to 20mph in Carlton Hill and surrounding streets (Abbey Road ward, Westminster)
  • Create safe cycle routes for children linking six schools in Tufnell Park (Junction ward, Islington)
  • Make a cycle route through Russell Park as alternative to busy Woolwich Road (Barnehurst ward, Bexley)

Cyclist death junction 'dropped from safety review list'

The central London junction where a cyclist was killed this morning was dropped from a list of areas due to be overhauled as part of safety improvements, a London Assembly member has claimed.

Ludgate Circus was on Transport For London's original list of 100 junctions deemed to have safety concerns, however it was later removed from the list when it was revised down to 33.

London Assembly member Darren Johnson accused TFL of failing to act despite a spate of deaths and injuries in recent years:

This absolutely tragic news is made all the more poignant by the fact that TfL recently decided to cancel the major safety overhaul it had deemed necessary at this blackspot.

Six cyclists were killed or seriously injured here in the space of five years yet despite this dreadful toll TfL aren’t going to get this junction sorted out.

We are seeing this pattern of inaction all across the road network in London and it is unacceptable.

– Darren Johnson, London Assembly Member


London must 'follow Amsterdam' example on cycling

London needs to bring itself into the 21st century and start investing more money into cycling-lanes. according to a leading cycling awareness group.

A cyclist in the centre of Amsterdam Credit: Image: Press Association

Stop Killing Cyclists' report found in some areas of the city over half of morning journeys are completed on a bicycle, however safe cycleways only constitute 1.63 per cent of the road surface in the best performing borough.

“Boroughs must urgently follow Amsterdam into the 21st century and invest a minimum of 10 per cent of their transport budget in Dutch standard cycle lanes and include space for cycling in all new developments and transport infrastructure.” campaigner Donnachadh McCarthy said.

A Freedom of Information request found that over the past four years, local councils in London had only spent an average of £7,000 per borough on segregated cycle-lanes.

Thirteen boroughs have no segregated cycling lanes

Thirteen London boroughs have no segregated cycle lanes, a new report into cycling safety has found.

The campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists have criticised London Boroughs who have failed to install safe segregated cycle lanes since the last local elections in May.

  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Bromley
  • Enfield
  • Haringey
  • Havering
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Richmond
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth

London boroughs 'fail to install safe cycle lanes'

Twenty-four London boroughs have failed to install any segregated cycle-lanes since the last local elections in May, a new report claims.

A cyclist uses a new Cycle Superhighway during rush hour in London Credit: Image: ITV News

A freedom of information request by the cycling awareness group Stop Killing Cyclists also found that 13 boroughs across the capital have no segregated cycle-lanes at all.

Six cyclists lost their lives on London roads in just two weeks last November prompting the report to call on local councils to do more to protect cyclists.

The campaign group will lead a protest today outside Westminster City Hall to highlight London's lack of cycling infrastructure.

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