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London cycle safety initiatives to continue following drop in cyclist injury rate

  • 27 May 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Transport for London’s (TfL) latest figures reveal the number of serious injuries to cyclists in the capital has fallen by more than a quarter (28%), with co-ordinated road safety initiatives Operation Safety and the Industrial HGV Task Force attributed as playing a significant role.

The annual figures released today (27 May) show there were 475 serious injuries to cyclists in 2013 compared with 657 in 2012, which means that one in every 433,000 cycle journeys made in London end in cyclist being killed or seriously injured (KSI).

Speaking of the successful deployment of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Safeway in November and December last year – which saw officers stationed at 170 busy junctions to educate cyclists and motorists (cars, motorcyclists, light CVs and passenger vehicles) about their road behaviour,  – Mayor Boris Johnson confirmed today that similar, but smaller operations will continue to run across the capital with up to 1,000 officers placed at 100 inner-London junctions twice a month.

The original Operation Safeway saw police officers issuing 14,000 fixed penalty notices: 29.5% to cyclists, 70.5% to motorists.

The Industrial HGV Task Force – made up of TfL, City of London Police, Metropolitan Police Service and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency personnel - will also continue to operate across London to target non-compliant lorries, mostly through intelligent-led enforcement.

To date, this initiative has seen more than 2,000 vehicles stopped, around 600 fixed penalty notices issued for a variety of safety-related offences. More than 30 dangerous vehicles have been seized since it was launched in October 2013.

Leon Daniels, MD of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “One of TfL’s top priorities is to reduce by 40% the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020. That is why we are spending around £1bn on more enforcement and better cycling infrastructure across London.”

Cyclist KSIs per journey have halved in the last 15 years, according to TfL. The number of serious injuries and deaths last year was almost the same as it was in 1999, even though only around 98 million journeys were made by bike in that year. The KSI rate in 1999 was around one in every 200,000 journeys.


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