The Mayor of London and TFL has published a plan to reduce road traffic casualties in London. The ‘Safe Streets for London’ plan aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads by 40% by 2020, with the ultimate goal of making London’s road free from death and serious injury.
Outlined in the plan for safer roads, Transport for London will:
- Identify and address ‘critical list’ junctions and locations and boroughs that require improvement.
- The TFL’s Better Junctions programme will see funding increase to £100m.
- London’s safety camera network will be improved and upgraded with more efficient technology.
- TFL will support and fund the installation of 20mph zones and limits on borough roads across London.
- More blind spot safety mirrors will be installed to help improve visibility of cyclists for large goods vehicle drivers.
- Pedestrian countdown at traffic signals will be rolled out at more locations.
In the plan for safer people, the TFL will:
- Increase policing and enforcement with the Cycle Task Force to be expanded from 39 to 50 officers.
- Introduce new marketing and education resources focusing on the improvement of safety for children, cyclists, pedestrians, young drivers and motorcyclists.
- Offer school cycle training to every school pupil in London, with support for boroughs to extend child and adult cycle training.
For safe vehicles, the TFL will:
- Improve technology for an improvement in cyclist safety, with visible or audible warning alerts to drivers and cyclists.
The plans outlined in the ‘Safe Streets for London’ plan will run in conjunction with the mayors ‘Vision for Cycling in London’ which aims to increase cycling in London by 400% by the year 2026.
With cyclist deaths increasing in London, it is good to see this problem being taken seriously by the government. If these improvements are successful, it will be good to see plans like this taking place in other major UK cities. Read the full ‘Safer Streets for London’ plan.