Cycle Safety

Transport written statement – made on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

My colleague the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, and I are announcing today a £15 million fund to improve safety for cyclists in England (outside London). This is in addition to the £15 million support for cycle safety improvements within London announced by the Government in March.

This fund will provide capital support to improve safety at junctions identified as having a record of road incidents that have resulted in cyclists being killed or seriously injured.

The Department for Transport will now work in partnership with local authorities and the cycling stakeholder forum—which brings together cycling groups, safety experts, local authorities and other interested parties—to identify and prioritise junctions. This process will use Department for Transport analysis of official accident data to highlight potential targets.

Further identification on how the money will be allocated will be announced in the autumn.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 12:05 pm (Report this annotation)

This is a bit of shutting the stable door - why does the department have to wait for cyclists to be killed or seriously injured before it improves the junctions? The recent Times campaign for safer cycling set up a mechanism which enabled such junctions to be identified, so there is already a database which could be used for targeting this funding.

Katja Leyendecker
Posted on 1 Jul 2012 6:02 pm (Report this annotation)

More peanuts for the monkeys. This seems to show your mistrust with the authorities to spend it wisely. Order them to get some cycling design expertise will you! And for local authority folks, councillors, MPs and ministers to get cycling.