The number of people killed on London’s roads fell to its lowest level on record last year, to 111 fatalities. 12 of those people died while cycling (10 died in 2017), with a further 770 suffering serious injuries on bikes.
Transport for London released the figures shortly after detailing the next phase of its walking and cycling improvements to London. Those plans include a “safer walking and cycling route” covering 7km in West London between Brentford and Kensington Olympia.
Construction is set to begin in 2019, meanwhile TfL is also working with Hammersmith and Fulham Council for a proposed cycle route along part of the A4.
While at overall historically low levels, Transport for London said the number of deaths were “unacceptable and the safety of vulnerable road users is a priority”. TfL added it was developing the “world’s first standard to eliminate lethal blind spots from Heavy Goods Vehicles, transforming dangerous junctions and investing in protected cycling routes”.
London saw the biggest rise in cycling journeys in 2018, growing at a higher proportion than the rest of the UK.