Cyclists feel less safe than six months ago

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BY Tom Batchelor

Campaigners calling for safer cycle routes met in Oval today -February 27- as a new survey reveals two thirds of cyclists in the capital feel less safe than six months ago.

The report, published by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, claims urgent action is needed – much sooner than the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) were planning.

Over a fifth of respondents said they were making fewer journeys by bike because of safety concerns, while four out of five people admitted to feeling concerned about cycling in the capital.

Val Shawcross, chair of the Transport Committee, was at the ‘Biking Breakfast’ event at the Triangle on Kennington Oval – a hotspot for cycling accidents.

She said: “Segregation is the biggest issue for cyclists and they believe that better traffic junctions are critical to their safety. The Mayor and TfL can’t keep stalling – they need to make short-term improvements for cyclists by this summer.”

The report shows London’s cycling boom has slowed, with a 1 per cent increase in cyclists from 2011 to 2012, compared with a 15 per cent jump for the previous year.

The Transport Committee is also calling on the Mayor to use the available cycling budget in its entirety – it says TfL has under-spent by as much as £38m in the last year.