Latest figures by the Government have shown that the number of fatalities and serious injuries to cyclists rose by 19 per cent in the spring of this year compared to the same time period last year. A whopping 820 were reported between April and June as the nation is starting to take to bikes as an alternative form of transportation and there was a nine per cent rise for less serious injuries on our roads. The Department for Transport said it could have been down to two factors, the rise in cyclists and the warmer Easter time we had this year.
Despite the nationwide rise, London actually see fewer deaths year-on-year partly due to the increase in safety measures for cyclists in the capital. The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has begun new measures to protect people who ride bicycles in London with clearly marked cycle only lanes on major roads throughout the city. As well as this he started a new campaign where cyclists and lorry drivers swap places to see from the others perspective and learn how they can better share the roads together.
Boris Johnson has also got underway a new cycle hire scheme for Londoners as an alternative to the ever increasing packed London transport issues. His aim is to have a network of cycles all over the city where people can hire them and return them to a docking station. His flagship station was planned to be close to St Paul’s Cathedral, but the Corporation of London is set to refuse planning permission for the site as they feel the 25 metre station could cause injury for tourists and workers inn the area. They have asked him to scale back the size so as not to cause an obstruction.