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"Serious safety risk" at Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is becoming a serious safety risk because of overcrowding and violence, according to a report from the London Assembly.

The new report says that the carnival has reached a "tipping point" and that changes have to be made.

Police reported an increase in serious violence and people being injured with weapons following last year's carnival.

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A new crowdfunded app will log cycle accidents, injuries and near misses in the capital

Research teams from the Orthopaedic and Emergency Departments of Barts Health have collaborated with Barts charity ITP and mySociety to release an app that explores bike related injuries in London

The Bespoke project collaborators have developed a crowd sourcing app that will log cycle accidents, injuries and near misses in the hope of mapping cycling blackspots.

The app was suggested after Orthopaedic and Emergency Departments of Barts Health saw an increase in the number of cyclists brought into A and E departments after cycling on London's road.


The design for the 'cyclist-safe' lorry

The London Cycling Campaign has drawn up this design for lorries on urban roads which they say will be safer than cyclists. The campaign says many cycling deaths are caused by lorry drivers colliding with cyclists who they did not see.

The new lorries would have bigger windows and a lower driving seat to make cyclists easier to see. Credit: London Cycling Campaign

The new design makes it easier for lorry drivers to see cyclists next to their cab, sideguards which prevent bikes being dragged under the wheels and cameras showing the view behind the lorry.

The new lorries would have sideguards to stop cyclists being dragged under the wheels. Credit: London Cycling Campaign
The design includes cameras so drivers can monitor blind spots. Credit: London Cycling Campaign


Public consultation on taxi rules launched

A rickshaw driver rides a passenger through London Credit: Reuters

A government consultation is to be launched on changes to rules governing taxis which could see bicycle rickshaws licensed.

Under current law they can avoid safety and driver training imposed on taxis and mini-cabs.The new rules could also cover stretch limosines.

The Law Commission for England and Wales now wants to know what the public think about the regulations.

The Commission says some of the current laws governing taxi and private hire services date back to 1831.

It wants to introduce national minimum safety standards for all vehicles to replace 340 sets of local laws currently in place.

Cycle Protest

Cyclists will hold a protest outside City Hall today to call for safer cycle routes and junctions. They hope to put pressure on Mayor Boris Johnson at his final London Assembly Question Time session before the mayoral elections in May.