"It grieves me to sometimes, to see the way that [Transport for London] is blamed.” was Boris Johnson’s response when pushed by Jenny Jones about cyclist safety. In his response, the Mayor then continues by denouncing suggestions for safer measures in dangerous junctions. He states “But sometimes… I don’t think that interventions are really, that physical street works are the answer”.
The junctions that are in question will be visited tomorrow (November 12) starting at 10.30am from St Mark’s Church, The Oval, Kennington, SE11 4PW. The ride will be run by Cyclists in the City and the iBikeLondon blog in partnership with LCC campaign groups.
The locations the ride will visit include Hyde Park corner, Parliament Square and Waterloo. Over 100 cyclists are expected to attend and it is open for anyone who wishes to go along and see the dangers of these junctions for themselves.
The purpose of the ride is to demonstrate what is causing accidents and what could be done to prevent those accidents. The ride will be documented and it will give TfL even less space to hide behind when questioned on road safety. It is hoped amongst the attendants will be local reporters as well as a national newspaper.
The ride will last for approximately two hours and will end up at Look Mum No Hands.
For more on Boris Johnson’s performance see this post:
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