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“Vision For Cycling” Plans Slammed By Car Driver Groups.

Cycling lane on road
14th May 2014
Signs of a new determination to improve cyclist safety have recently been shown by a government enquiry into road infrastructure investment. In January, a new £30 million fund to improve street safety was announced and a total package worth £62 million will include improvements to road junctions and cycle routes in national parks.

In London, Mayor Boris Johnson has also unveiled “Vision for Cycling in London”, which aims to catch up with the cycle-friendly policies of European capitals such as Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. Included is the so-called ‘"Crossrail for Bikes", which will install a new cycle route more than 15 miles long running from the western suburbs via central London and out to Barking in 2016.

With a 50 per cent rise in cyclist injuries from 2,958 in 2006 to 4,497 in 2011 impacting cyclist compensation claim statement reveals it is more likely the sense of motorist entitlement of “right of way” and a negligent attitude towards cyclists that appear to cause the most accidents and injury to those on two wheels. Between 2008 and 2009, more than 1,825 cyclists were treated in hospital due to critical injuries sustained following an accident involving a motor vehicle.

According to the AA, the new cycling infrastructure proposals will help to break the entrenched attitudes and subsequent, uncompromising behaviours between motorist and cyclist. The Freight Transport Association has also given its backing to increased use of segregated cycle lanes, which they say will encourage more cyclists and less car users and thus, “more space left on the roads for freight vehicles.” In 2011, HGVs were responsible for 7 in 16 cyclists who were killed in London.

The “Vision For Cycling in London” plan includes proposals for all lorries entering the capital to have safety equipment to protect cyclists, and camera enforcement to stop cars driving in mandatory cycle lanes.