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TfL plans put cyclists' lives at risk, says transport charity

14 April 2011
Plans to scrap a cycle lane at Blackfriars Bridge have been slammed by a sustainable transport charity.

Campaign for Better Transport has voiced serious concerns over Transport for London (TfL) plans to remove a dedicated cycling lane and create a third lane for cars and taxis at the notorious accident black spot.

TfL's proposed scheme aims to improve facilities for pedestrians using the new and enlarged Blackfriars Station. TfL claims that space for cyclists must give way to allow more space for pedestrians, but the scheme will reduce cycling facilities whilst increasing the number of traffic lanes despite there being more northbound, morning cycle traffic than car and taxi traffic.

The junction is notorious for serious accidents involving cyclists. TfL originally made changes to the road layout five years ago following the death of the cyclist Vicki McCreery and another cyclist fatality 14 months earlier.

Richard Bourn, Campaign for Better Transport's London campaigner, said: "Of course it is right to improve pedestrian facilities at this busy station, but this scheme is extraordinarily insensitive and shows where Boris's priorities lie. The conflict here is not between walking and cycling facilities, as TfL claims, but between walking and cycling facilities on the one hand and motor traffic on the other.

"London has to create a high quality urban environment to be competitive, but squeezing out cyclists while providing three lanes for traffic is not the way to do it. We must give much greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists in the heart of our city."

Campaign for Better Transport is calling on TfL to produce a new scheme that puts the needs and safety of pedestrians and cyclists first, followed by public transport users and only then considers motorists.


Notes to editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport has submitted a response to the engagement for the proposed scheme. You can read the response here.

2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).