I'm asking local residents to get in touch with their views on cycle safety in London ahead of a Commons debate on cycling. MPs will be debating 18 Get Britain Cycling safety recommendations that could make cycling safer and more popular for millions of people in Britain when we return in September.
The announcement this week of extra government investment in cycling is welcome, but the challenge is huge: road deaths amongst cyclists and pedestrians were up 50% In Westminster compared with a year ago, while the number seriously injured rose 19% more than in any other borough. Boris Johnson has built on Ken Livingstone's plans to make London more attractive to cyclists, but still more than 65 cyclists have died in the city since he took office.
Forty-seven per cent of Londoners would cycle more if road safety improved, according to a survey released by London Councils last week. The poll of 1,000 Londoners indicated that other incentives which would encourage cycling include having safe places to lock bikes (27 per cent); if streets were in a better condition (21 per cent); better cycling infrastructure (20 per cent); a safer urban environment (16 per cent) and less pollution (10 per cent). Chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, Councillor Catherine West, said: "Boroughs are responsible for 95 per cent of London's roads and are committed to giving residents more opportunities to cycle through a range of innovative schemes which make a real difference to neighbourhoods."
A personal view on cycle safety from local people will be an invaluable resource and I will use any comments to feed into the debate.
Local people can let me know what they think by tweeting to @KarenPBuckMP, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please entitle all emails ‘Cycle Safe'.