Recent disquiet from cyclists in London over cycle safety in the capital has not stopped Transport for London (TfL) spreading the news that there are more people cycling in London than ever and also taking a teeny bit of credit for that fact.
The constant pressure on Transport for London (TfL) to make London more cycling safe over the last two to three months appears to have paid dividends with the news that TfL will redesign the roundabout at Bow in London where there has been two cycling fatalities in recent months.
The campaign to get London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London to make cycling safety in the capital a matter of priority takes another step tomorrow with a vigil to remember the victims of all cycle deaths in London this year.
A cycle tour with a difference takes place on Saturday in London. It will involve up to 150 cyclists touring the capital’s 10 most dangerous junctions for bicycles to highlight what they believe is unnecessarily dangerous road designs.
The Olympics are not too far away with just under nine months to go before events kick off at the Olympic Stadium on July 27. A great deal has been made by the organsiers that these games will be a walk and bike friendly Olympics in terms of spectators getting to the games.
There is a local cycling infrastructure issue in London that has been dominating the commuting cycle scene here for some months and even gets the most mild mannered cyclist seething with anger.
Earlier this week we reported that Barclays were in funding discussions with the Mayor of London’s office and Transport for London over the bank providing more sponsorship funds for London’s cycle hire scheme.
Transport for London, the Mayor of London’s office and Barclays are understood to be in discussions that could see the bank provide additional sponsorship funds for the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme which is being expanded eastwards in time for the Olympic Games.
It has been a tough week for the Metropolitan Police in London due to events elsewhere which I am sure you are aware of. We couldn’t possibly comment on those goings on but at least there has been some good news this week coming from the Metropolitan Police’s Cycle Task Force with has just completed its first year of existence.
No doubt carefully stage managed to conincide with the first anniversary of the first Barclays Cycle Supererhighways opening last year, Transport for London (TfL) opened two new cycle superhighways for business this morning.