Mark Whitehead 04 December 2017

Mayor Khan putting ‘cars before people’, Assembly members warn

Members of the London Assembly have accused mayor Sadiq Khan of putting cars before people and failing to make sure his 'healthy streets' policy is successful.

They say many junctions on the capital's outskirts have been designed for vehicles and many people are afraid of walking or cycling to school or work or to go shopping.

A report by the assembly's transport committee, ‘Hostile Streets – Walking and Cycling at Outer London Junctions’ says crossings are inaccessible to wheelchairs and incomplete cycle lanes throw cyclists into fast-moving traffic.

It says three quarters of the almost 10,000 people who were injured walking or cycling on London’s roads in 2016 were involved in collisions at junctions, and 71% of the 1,287 crashes where people were killed or seriously injured happened at junctions.

Recommendations in the report, which was not supported by the minority Conservative group on the committee, include that TfL should increase walking and cycling at junctions and review speed limits on all its roads.

Committee member Caroline Russell said: 'In recent years most of the Mayor’s funding has been spent in inner and central London and decisions around new road schemes have prioritised car use and inappropriately high-speed limits have been all too common.

'If the Mayor is going to meet his target to get 80% of journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2041, he must make it safer and more convenient to walk and cycle.'

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