London’s most dangerous cycling hotspots revealed as TfL admits under-spending road safety budget

Just £29m of £82m cycling budget spent this financial year

Four cyclists have already been killed on roads in the capital this year by lorries, yet money earmarked for provision of safer cycling infrastructure is not being spent by London transport bosses.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was forced to admit, in a written answer to Lib Dems at City Hall, that a colossal £53m of the £82m cycling budget has not been spent this financial year, which ends on March 31.

Meanwhile, vehicle insurance giant Aviva has compiled a list of the 10 worst junctions for cyclists in London.

The list is made up from stats the company has compiled from its own claims data, as well as police records between 2009 and 2013.

There are plenty of issues with the data, as highlighted in this article by the Guardian’s Peter Walker, but the list of dangerous junctions shows the sheer numbers of incidents serious enough for the police to be called.

Elephant and Castle roundabout tops the list. Police were called to 80 accidents involving cyclists there between 2009 and 2013. Here it is in full:

Top 10 cyclist incident hotspots in London 2009-2013

 Elephant and Castle roundabout 80

 Trafalgar Square 46

 Waterloo Road roundabout 45

 Lambeth Bridge/Millbank roundabout 38

 Upper Tooting Road/Lessingham Avenue,  Ansell Road/ Derinton Road 34

 Grove Road/Mile End Road 32

 Vauxhall Bridge/ Wandsworth Road 31

 Monument Tube station junction 29

 Camberwell New Road/Brixton Road 28

 Camberwell New Road/Kennington Road/Harleyford Street 28

According to the Evening Standard, Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the London Assembly Lib-Dems, described the figures from Aviva as “appalling” and said it was “simply shameful that year after year TfL repeatedly spend just a fraction of their allocated budget on vital improvements to junctions and investing in cycling infrastructure.”

TfL said that the budget will be rolled over to the next financial year.

But why are they putting off lifesaving transport improvements at all?

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Anyone who cycles in these incredibly busy areas must be crazy! If I'm cycling on a busy area like these I dismount and become a pedestrian which is safer except for the idiotic cyclist who cross on red when pedestrians have right of way.

    Not sure what can be done, given the lack of space and the reluctance of many cyclists to obey the law or use special bike ways.

    Perhaps we need to spend the money on separating cyclist from both vehicles and pedestrians wherever we can and make it a legal requirement with heavy fines if cyclist don't use them.

    Signed
    One annoyed cyclist, pedestrian and motorist!

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