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After a year where cycling deaths in the capital have been hitting the headlines on a weekly basis, London 360 spoke to Kulveer Ranger, director of environment in the Mayor’s office and head of cycling and the cycle hire scheme.
In recent months, Transport for London and the Mayor’s office have come under intense scrutiny for junction layouts that are said to have put cyclists in danger, particularly from heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs). More than half of bike collisions in the capital are caused by some involvement of an HGV, caused by a lack of visibility and the size of the vehicle.
London’s cycle superhighways have also been involved in a number of cycle fatalities. Most notably, two deaths within almost two weeks at the Bow roundabout in East London at the beginning of November. A total of 12 superhighways are being built in the capital, with an aim to providing a speedy lane for cyclists from the suburbs to the city.
Mr Ranger spoke to London 360 about safety concerns with HGVs and how cycle superhighways aren’t just “expensive paint”…
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Look out for the full feature, broadcast on Community Channel on Monday 16th January (Sky 539, Virgin 233, Freeview 87).
Date added: Jan 03, 2012 at 00:00 by Rose Manley
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