London Evening Standard)
Row breaks out as report suggests 20mph limit on main roads in outer London
Monday 4 December 2017 10:00
In addition, 71 per cent of the 1,287 crashes that led to death or serious injury of all transport users happened at junctions.
The report pointed to communities split by major TfL roads, such as the North Circular Road, and to the situation in Brentford, where primary schools are straddled by the A4 and M4 flyover and children have to cross 40mph roads.
It found incomplete cycle lanes that “threw people out into fast-moving traffic” of up to 50mph and crossings that were inaccessible to wheelchairs.
Caroline Russell, the Green party assembly member who published the cross-party report, said: “The reality… is that many roads in outer London sever communities and are hostile places for people getting about on foot and by bike.
“If the Mayor is going to meet his target to get 80 per cent of journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2041, he must make it safer and more convenient to walk and cycle. This means changing the culture at TfL and prioritising people, not cars, on London’s streets.”
Chris Boardman, the former Olympic champion and British Cycling’s policy adviser, said enabling more people to complete short journeys by foot or bike rather than car “is the most positive step we can take towards a long-term reduction in congestion on our roads”.
Will Norman, the Mayor’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “The safety of our roads is one of our absolute key priorities, and we will be looking at the report and its recommendations in detail.
“The Mayor is investing record amounts in making walking and cycling safer all across London, and TfL’s Vision Zero approach is committed to eliminating all death and serious injury on London’s roads by 2041. This includes working with boroughs to create more 20mph zones.
“‘Our bold new Healthy Streets Approach is focused on ensuring that London’s junctions, high streets and neighbourhoods are safe for everyone whether walking, cycling, in a car, or on public transport.”