More cyclists die in London

A BBC website (link) dated 22. June 2015 says that “A cyclist has died in a crash with a tipper truck, making her the eighth cyclist to die on London’s roads this year“. At the end of June a candlelit vigil for dead cyclists was held at London’s Bank junction (link).

Why all these cyclist deaths in London?

Maybe it is because London is a city with

  • historic narrow streets
  • continuing addition of new high-rise commercial development ( which adds to traffic flows)
  • limited road space being shared by cyclists and large vehicles

Some may say that London is developing towards self-destruction, as inner area traffic flows could increase still more with yet another Heathrow runway and planned high-speed rail links (for more commuter and business trips).

What can be done about cyclist deaths in London?

One way would be to invest in new cycling infrastructure (another might be to ban HGVs from the roads except at night).

The BBC webpage quoted above also said “The charity London Cycling Campaign (LCC) urged bosses to put in place “desperately needed” infrastructure to reduce the danger for the growing number of cyclists“. But perhaps there is not enough money around at the moment to develop this infrastructure. After all the government has to spend money on

  • London’s Heathrow airport new runway (cost UKL 17.6 billion – see link)
  • London high-speed rail link HS2 (cost upwards of UKL 30 billion – see Wikipedia here)
  • London, repairs to houses of parliament (cost as much as UKL 6 billion, according to an article in the “Daily Mirror” (link)
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About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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