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Boris bike study over benefits 'reassuring'

Findings over the effects of the London cycle-hire scheme have been "reassuring", according to a scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who carried out a study to see the impact of Boris bikes. Dr Anna Goldman added:

When the cycle hire scheme was introduced, there were widespread concerns that increasing the number of inexperienced cyclists in central London would lead to higher injury rates.

Our findings are reassuring, as we found no evidence of this. On the contrary, our findings suggest that the scheme has benefited the health of Londoners and that cycle hire users are certainly not at higher risk than other cyclists.

Boris Bike benefits 'outweighs harm of riding them'

London’s bicycle sharing system has more positive health impacts than negative effects, according to a new report. Research by the British Medical Journal revealed that Boris Bikes has had the greatest impact on older users.

Barclays Cycle Hire bikes popularly known as 'Boris Bikes' Credit: PA

Scientists balanced improvements to health from the physical activity of bike riding with the potentially harmful effects of physical injury and inhaling traffic fumes.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, 7.4 million cycle hire trips were made by 57,607 users.

The results of the computer modelling study found that the benefits far outweighed the harms, at least when looking at injury rates for people riding Boris bikes.

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£17m funding awarded to improve cycling across the capital

£17m worth of funding will be made available over three years. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

More than £17m in funding has been awarded to boroughs across London so they can make key cycling improvements in their local areas.

The money, which will be made available over three years, is being given to help boroughs to deliver measures to increase the take up of cycling and make London more easily accessible and safe.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said; “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1bn programme of improvements to transform cycling in London.

"Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities."

Cyclist died after riding into lorry's blind spot

An inquest into the death of a talented young climate change scientist has heard that she was killed because she rode her bike into a lorry's blind spot.

Dr Katharine Giles died in a collision with an HGV in Victoria last April. The coroner has repeated a warning to cyclists not to undertake lorries. Ria Chatterjee has this report.

Jenny Jones joins campaigners in cycling 'die-in' demo

Green Party politician and London Assembly member Jenny Jones has been taking part in a "die-in" protest in Vauxhall, calling on the Mayor to take further action to protect cyclists on London's roads.

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Evidence over cycle safety 'bypassed in favour of opinions'

In front of them sat experts from campaigning bodies, transport research and the police - all ready to get into a proper discussion - and yet the MPs demonstrated that they didn't even know the most basic of facts.

Evidence and statistics were bypassed in favour of opinions and anecdotes on sideline topics.

Such a clear demonstration of lack of research and understanding at this level of seniority would, in any other business, be classed as negligent.

– Chris Boardman, Former Olympic cycling champion

MPs investigating cycling safety accused of 'not knowing basic facts'

Former Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman says MPs investigating cycling safety should be "embarrassed by their performance" during their Select Committee hearing.

Chris Boardman seen with London Mayor, Boris Johnson Credit: Press Association

Chris Boardman is British Cycling's policy adviser and claims MPs on the House of Commons Transport Committee showed they "didn't even know the most basic of facts".

The committee is taking evidence following the spate of cyclist accidents which led to the deaths of six cyclists in London during a two-week period last month.

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