Johnson unveils £35m cycle safety measures amid three serious accidents in 36 hours

Amid a dreadful two days for cycling in London that have seen one fatality and two life-threatening injuries, Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled a £35m scheme to help improve safety for cyclists in the city.

Johnson was in Stratford yesterday afternoon to open the extension to the Cycle Superhighway 2, or CS2, and announced other extension projects to London’s cycle network.

The two-mile stretch between Bow and Stratford is the first segregated section of cycleway in the capital, and other plans include the semi-segregation of the existing route between Aldgate and Bow, and a new cycle path that will run between Elephant and Castle and Kings Cross.

On Tuesday, two serious collisions resulted in the death of 53-year-old Brian Holt, a porter at Mile End Hospital, while a second man suffered life-threatening head injuries after a collision with a bus at Holborn.

The two accidents were followed by a further incident yesterday evening in which a woman in her thirties narrowly avoided being crushed to death after being dragged under the wheels of a HGV in Oxford Circus.

The number of cyclists seriously injured in London rose by 18% last year to 657.

Johnson, said: “This superhighway is the first physical fruit of my promise to improve the experience of cycling in London. I am also today announcing that we will build a second substantially-segregated cycle superhighway through the heart of central London – adding a north-south segregated route to our already-announced east-west route. 

“I share people’s impatience for change. We have taken the time to ensure that it is done properly - but that physical change is now underway.”

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