City Hall Tories accused of jeopardising cyclists’ safety

City Hall Tories were accused of "playing games" with cyclists' safety today after walking out of a meeting on maintaining the 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge.

Tory members of the London Assembly were accused of “playing games” with cyclists’ safety today after walking out of a meeting on maintaining the 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge – making the meeting inquorate. Labour’s John Biggs, who represents the City of London said it was “absolutely outrageous” the Tories “couldn’t even be bothered” to debate the proposals.

He said:

“It is absolutely outrageous that Conservative members of the London Assembly cannot even be bothered to debate this very important issue. Only last week there was another accident on the bridge.

“Conservative members should not play games where the safety of vulnerable Londoners is concerned.”

Val Shawcross, who represents Southwark, the constituency at the bridge’s southern end, added:

“The motion was simply focused on cyclists’ concerns about safety on London’s road crossings and it’s unbelievable that the members of the Conservative group apparently found the issue unworthy of debate.”

The cross-party motion from Green mayoral candidate Jenny Jones demands the retention of the temporary 20mph speed limit on the bridge, pointing out the Corporation of London is considering imposing a 20mph limit on all roads within the Square Mile.

It says:

“We ask the Mayor to reconsider his rejection of a 20mph limit on Blackfriars Bridge, in the interests of the safety of all its users.”

Seven years ago, two cyclists were killed on the bridge within 15 months.

Earlier today, the Standard reported the plea of a doctor seriously injured on the bridge not to raise the speed limit:

Dr Clare Gerada, who has been cycling in London for 30 years, said she would never use the bridge again after suffering multiple fractures when she was caught between two vans as she tried to turn right from the bridge into Queen Victoria Street last Wednesday morning.

In a video message recorded for the London Cycling Campaign, the Kennington GP and chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: “I tend not to use Blackfriars Bridge. I don’t like it because traffic seems to be much faster on that bridge. I hate the junction. I always have to do a right to go into the City. It’s a really difficult job.

“I felt very exposed. I thought, ‘I have now got two fairly high-sided vehicles and I’m trapped between the two.’ The next thing I knew, the van on the right had swerved into me, and I’m on the ground.

“I wouldn’t recommend any cyclist to use Blackfriars bridge at all. It is a horrible junction. I will never use Blackfriars bridge again.”

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26 Responses to “City Hall Tories accused of jeopardising cyclists’ safety”

  1. John Gamblin

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  2. duncan@kranks

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  3. 13eastie

    Of course, the ludicrous 3 ft wide cycle lane running between two bus lanes was implemented in 1999 when John Prescott had the Transport brief – he even put bus lanes on a motorway – and Ken Livingstone was Mayor, never missing a bus-riding photo-op). (Bojo is (in)famous for his cycling; it’s hard to credit the notion that Two Jags pedalled much of the distance to his croquet matches).

    At the time of the fatalities you mention, Labour was still occupying both of these positions.

    It’s a rather strange conclusion to draw that the sole blame for the imperilment of London’s cyclists rests with the Tories.

  4. Trakgalvis

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  5. DarkestAngel

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  6. mr. Sensible

    Why would the Tories want to dismiss this important issue?

  7. Austen

    The names of those who walked out and their constituency details (according to http://audioboo.fm/boos/379736-london-assembly-tories-walk-out-before-debate-on-20mph-limit-on-blackfriars-bridge )

    Roger Evans – Havering and Redbridge

    Gareth Bacon – London wide

    Kit Malthouse – West Central

    Victoria Borwick – London wide

    Andrew Boff – London wide

    Tony Arbour – South West

    Brian Coleman – Barnet and Camden

    Richard Tracey – Merton and Wandsworth

    James Cleverly – Bexley and Bromley

    Richard Barnes – Ealing and Hillingdon

  8. David McMillan

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  9. 13eastie

    @2 Mr S

    That’s rather the point, isn’t it? LFF does not seem to have derived anyone’s point of view barring Labour members.

  10. Extradition Game

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  11. AltGovUK

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  12. Anon E Mouse

    Is this it? Is this really the best Labour activists can do?

    The party is totally doomed…

  13. Trakgalvis

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  14. Neil Fairbrother

    RT @leftfootfwd: City Hall Tories accused of jeopardising cyclists' safety: http://bit.ly/ilWLwP reports @ShamikDas #NewsClub //outrage!

  15. Anna Turley

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  16. lukewaterfield

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  17. Richard Hardy

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  18. Geoffrey Pearson

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  19. Extradition Game

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  20. Geoff

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  21. Janet Graham

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  22. Shamik Das

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  23. Panda

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

  24. Kris Adrian

    City Hall Tories walk out AGAIN, playing games with cyclists' safety. Here's what we wrote when they did it in June: http://t.co/InrOBvq6

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