Cyclists to speak at London Assembly investigation after 16 deaths

An investigation has been started into cycle safety, following 16 deaths on London’s roads including two at a notorious accident blackspot at the A11 Bow roundabout.

It is being launched by the London Assembly after the number of deaths rose in just 12 months to 16 across London, compared to 10 the previous 12 months.

The worst blackspot was the busy Bow roundabout where the A11 crosses the A12 Blackwall Tunnel approach road, where there were two fatalities.

Yet the Mayor of London wants to see more Londoners cycling with numbers increasing four-fold in a decade.

The Assembly’s transport Chair Caroline Pidgeon said: “We cannot have more people being encouraged to cycle at the same time as more cyclists’ are being killed or injured.

“We want to hear cyclists’ concerns before identifying solutions to make streets safer.”

The investigation includes two public meetings. The first is an open forum on July 12 with cyclists and others. This will be followed by a meeting on September 11 with international experts and representatives of the Mayor and TfL.

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