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2000 officers tackling cycle safety from next week

The Mayor's Cycling Commissioner told ITV News that 2000 officers will be tackling cycle safety from next week Credit: ITN

Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner, told this programme that from next week there will be 2000 officers on the streets offering safety advice and stopping badly driven and dangerous lorries.

It's a short term measure, he says, which he hopes will stop the spate of accidents which has seen 6 cyclists killed in under 2 weeks.

In the medium term, a billion pound's worth of infrastructure will be put in place, including segregated lanes, re-modelled cycle-safe junctions and traffic lights and more safe back street routes.


Camden cyclist's injuries not life-threatening

London Ambulance Service said:

"We were called today just after 4pm to reports of a roadtraffic collision involving a lorry and cyclist at Camden High Street.

"We sent a number of staff including a single responder in a car, a duty officer, two ambulance crews and London Air Ambulance's medical team in a car to the scene.

Our staff treated one patient, an adult man for a minor head injury. He has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital by ambulance.”

Cyclist hit on Camden High Street

Look out for each other, says TfL

Leon Daniels from Transport for London offered his deepest sympathies after the latest death and appealed for all road users to look out for each other.

We are deeply saddened by this incidentand our thoughts are also with the family and friends of the other cyclists whohave recently lost their lives.

Cycling in London is growing, with almost double the number of cycle journeys on main roads in the capital than ten years ago. We are investing heavily in our cycling programme and our aim is to make cycling as safe as possible, with measures such as improved cycle routes and junctions across London.

The safety of all road users is and remains a key priority for us. We have a number of safety campaigns targeting both drivers and cyclists underway across London which highlight the issues which could cause collisions. We would appeal to everyone to look out for each other and follow the rules of the road to remain safe."

– Leon Daniels, Managing Director of TfL Surface Transport


Urgent action needed on cycling, say advisors

Transport safety advisors have called for Mayor Boris Johnson to take 'urgent action' Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) executive director David Davies wrote to Mr Johnson last week, calling on him to act.

"The boom in cycling in London has many benefits and we support it but the tragic events of the past few days show that there is a need for urgent action," he said.

"We are therefore calling on the mayor to convene a cycling safety summit to see what can be done immediately to make cyclists safer.

"It is essential that actions are based on good evidence and well targeted. We must avoid knee-jerk reactions and measures that might be counterproductive."

Sixth cyclist to die in less than two weeks

The man killed today was the sixth cyclist to die on London's roads in less than two weeks. The incidents have prompted calls for London mayor Boris Johnson to address road safety concerns.

The latest death means 14 cyclists have died on London's roads so far this year.In 2012, there were 14 cyclists' deaths, while in 2011 a total of 16 cyclists were killed.

Cyclist dead at the scene

A cyclist has been killed after a collision with a lorry at the junction of Camberwell Road and Albany Road in SE5.

The male cyclist, believed to be aged in his early 60s suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene just after 12.30 this lunchtime.

The male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and has not been arrested.

Police say road closures are in place and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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