|Action on making our roads safer|
|Friday, 24 February 2012 17:21|
It’s been a busy week for cycle safety and road safety. On Wednesday evening I met with cyclists from the local area who were attending the ‘flash ride’ to highlight the issue of cycling safety. It was a great atmosphere, with around 2000 cyclists taking part, of all ages and bikes of all shapes and sizes. A great advert for the broad mix of people who want to cycle in London.
Yesterday I attended a debate in Westminster Hall on cycling safety, and though I was not able to speak, I was extremely pleased to see so many MPs in attendance, and thoughtful contributions on this issue from all MPs of all parties. I’ve had hundreds of emails from constituents about this issue over the last few weeks, many from supporters of The Times’s ‘Cities fit for cycling’ campaign (which I support), as well as emails from worried friends and family of those who cycle, who in some cases have lost loved ones in crashes. It is clear to me that more needs to be done to protect cyclists and pedestrians from harm when using local roads and pavements, and that local residents are often the best placed people to provide the information on dangerous crossings and junctions.
To aid this process I’ve built a special website page (www.sadiqkhan.org.uk/saferstreets) where local residents can report accidents, near misses and danger spots, to help identify potential accident blackspots. This site will only be as good as the information provided, so I want residents to share this with local family and friends, so that we can use the information gathered to improve our community and make local streets safer, for all of us.
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