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Plans aim to improve cycle safety in London

Two new publications on improving London’s cycling safety and infrastructure have been launched for public consultation. Transport for London (TfL) has released its: revised Cycle Safety Action Plan, which details a range of innovative trials and initiatives that aim the capital’s roads safer for cyclists; and the fully updated London Cycling Design Standards, which provides information for all bodies that are designing cycling infrastructure in the city. One of TfL’s top priorities is to reduce by 40% the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on London’s roads by 2020. The revised Cycle Safety Action Plan builds on the previous plan published in 2010, and contains 32 new actions that TfL, the police, London boroughs and all organizations involved in making cycling safer will work together to deliver between now and 2020.

New actions within the Plan include: helping to reduce HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) traffic during peak hours by trialling innovative quiet vehicle technology to help expand off-peak delivery; working with truck manufacturers to develop better designs for side guards in order to further prevent KSIs, as well as delivering the Safer Lorry Scheme this year; carrying out trials of pedestrian and cyclist detection equipment on London buses; trialing Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), which would monitor and potentially restrict the top speed of buses; working with automakers to explore how improvements to car design could further protect cyclists, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems to help vehicles stop quicker, and the introduction of a EuroNCAP safety rating system to show cycle safety credentials of vehicles; working with cycle manufacturers to improve cycle visibility by building lights or retro-reflective equipment into bike frames; and improving training for both cyclists and freight and fleet drivers.

The London Cycling Design Standards have also been comprehensively updated to highlight best practice, as well as the lessons from TfL’s recent trials of innovative measures such as methods of segregation and low-level cycle signals. The new design standards reflect the Mayor’s Roads Task Force ‘street-types’ approach, and are geared towards helping planners and designers deliver the ambitions of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling. Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said, “Cycling in London is now commonplace on our roads with around 600,000 cycle journeys taking place every day across the capital, the equivalent to almost 10% of daily bus journeys and about a fifth of trips made by tube passengers. These proposed revisions to the London Cycling Design Standards, as well as the revised Cycle Safety Action Plan, will help us further encourage more to take to two wheels, while ensuring that they can do so in the safest and most direct way possible.”

June 18, 2014

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