Hey there. I’m flagging up two relevant topics regarding cycling in London.They deal with the current hazards of cycling in this city, and recent measures (and consequently, debates) to make cycling safer and appealing to more Londoners.
1. One is (generally) regarding female cyclists and the recent bout of cycle deaths this spring, mostly by HGV’s (Heavy Goods Vehicles): “[London,] which has the unenviable position of being the epicentre of lorry-related cycling deaths in the UK. Last year, 10 out of 13 fatal cycling accidents in the capital were women, and eight of them were killed by HGVs, according to the cycling campaign group CTC.”
-That quote is from a Guardian article that isn’t great (Mainly because it stereotypes female behaviour. Gender and cycling have been discussed by many in the cycling scene, and I hope to provide more information on this soon), but has some useful links.
-There was a follow up article from July 2nd on the Guardian about women cycling. Interesting that the drivers who committed the killings were repeat traffic offenders.
-This article from Moving Target Zine is also quite good and discusses the same issues.
2. The new ‘cycle superhighways’ have been lauded by the Mayor, Boris Johnson as something that “will provide cyclists with safe, direct, continuous, well marked and easily navigable routes along recognised commuter corridors.” This was written in a new policy document, the first stage of a £116m scheme to promote cycling in the city.
-The above quote was from this Guardian article, but quite a lot of reluctance towards the superhighways being anything major are noted; including in this London Cyclist blog article(s) on the superhighways.
-And here’s an interview with Mayor Boris Johnson on the Cycle Superhighways from London Cyclist. An excerpt: “Everyone seemed rather wooed by the speeches and was happy to walk away thinking how good us cyclists have it. This is highly arguable but you can’t help but agree that the visible nature of the superhighways is a positive thing.”
-An article on cycling lanes in NYC, written by the New York Times.
-And here’s a video that provides a “short insight”: