The London Assembly has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to carry out a full safety review of the capital’s most dangerous roads for cyclists.
On Wednesday, Assembly Members backed a motion proposed by the Green Party’s Jenny Jones and amended by the Liberal Democrat group.
Jones proposed her motion following the deaths of 16 cyclists on London’s streets.
Last week Conservative members of the Assembly walked out of a meeting where the motion was originally to be debated.
The Conservatives are unhappy about the the number of Assembly committees they have been selected to chair since Boris Johnson won in 2008.
The walk-out meant the meeting was no longer quorate, bringing an end of the Assembly’s business, and stopping the motion being heard.
Cycling groups and blogs condemned the AMs for “putting politics over safety.”
The amended motion was backed by AMs from all parties, with 20 votes for and none against.
The full motion reads:
“This Assembly deeply regrets the deaths of cyclists on London’s road network and wishes to express its condolences for the loss felt by their relatives and friends.
We are concerned that some cyclist deaths and injuries could have been avoided if the road network designs for the locations where these deaths and injuries occurred had been safer.
We therefore call on the Mayor and Transport for London to:
Provide a comprehensive list of dangerous road junctions across London for cyclists, to include any where a cycling fatality has happened;
Carry out a full review of each of these junctions, considering any proposals made by cycling and road safety groups on how to redesign these junctions to make them safer. These reviews should be publically available and include details on why any suggestions have been rejected.
Secure an agreement with the Department for Transport to roll out Trixi mirrors at all major junctions across London, to help ensure cyclists are visible to drivers
Look into expanding cycle training across London Boroughs.
Bring forward proposals to improve cycle safety at Bow roundabout, King’s Cross and the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street where recent cyclist fatalities have occurred.”
Jones said: “There can be no higher political priority than saving lives. I am convinced that a thorough review of safety at junctions that listens and, more importantly, acts on the concerns of cyclists and pedestrians will result in fewer deaths and casualties on our roads.”