London to improve cyclists’ safety

Transport for London to review safety for cyclists at more than 500 road junctions

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson has asked Transport for London (TfL) to review safety and provision for cyclists at more than 500 road junctions in the capital before the summer.

Johnson said cyclists might be given an early start at some traffic lights. Sixteen cyclists died on London roads last year.

“We are seeing a step-change in both the way that people choose to travel, but also in the way that cyclists are viewed on our streets,” said the mayor. “That is why I firmly believe that we must now start to evolve the means by which we plan and manage our extensive network of roads.”

Meanwhile, transport minister Norman Baker has announced £15m of new funding for sustainable travel projects across the country. The investment is in addition to the £560m local sustainable transport fund announced in January 2011. The government claims the extra £15m, heavily geared towards cycling, will support jobs, enhance access to employment and encourage greater use of more environmentally friendly transport.


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