New Cross 20mph limit welcomed by cycling campaigners

Calling for a borough-wide limit - Jane Davis from Lewisham Cyclists, Clare Griffiths, her daughter Claudia, 5, and Cllr Darren Johnson

Calling for a borough-wide limit - Jane Davis from Lewisham Cyclists, Clare Griffiths, her daughter Claudia, 5, and Cllr Darren Johnson

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Cycling campaigners are overjoyed by news that requests for improved cycling safety measures in New Cross have finally been answered.

Following negotiations with campaigners, both Transport for London and London’s cycling Commissioner have agreed to introduce a 20mph zone spanning from Victoria to New Cross Gate. Currently there is a 30mph limit.

Donnachadh McCarthy, from Stop Killing Cyclists - who campaigned for the change - said: "Reducing the speed of traffic from 30 to 20mph reduces deaths and serious injuries by up to 50 per cent.

"This is an initial modest step towards our goal for a pan-London 20 mph zone and a safer London for all."

New Cross have been petitioning for a new "road tsar" following a string of crashes along the busy road between New Cross's stations. News Shopper recently reported on seven accidents in the area, resulting in two fatalities.

Jane Davis from Lewisham Cyclists, along with others, has been calling for a borough-wide 20mph limit.

She said: "If people stick to the new 20mph speed limit, it will make a huge difference. That’s what makes new cyclists wary of cycling on the roads – but providing the authorities police it then it will aid in the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Enforcement is key."

Alongside the new speed limit, Transport For London also agreed to carry out annual surveys to assess cycling performance across London’s 33 boroughs.

This was announced after campaigners revealed in their own survey that 24 boroughs had not built a single metre of segregated cycle lanes since the elections in 2010, and 13 boroughs had never built a single metre.

Another statistic showed that, out of the 33 boroughs, only three have installed segregated cycle lanes since the last election and four boroughs have agreed to install more cycle lanes following this year’s election in May.

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11:32am Tue 6 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

So cyclist's are now at a 20 mph max?
So cyclist's are now at a 20 mph max? white rabbit9
  • Score: 13

11:42am Tue 6 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Is that security grills on the Town Hall winders ?


No never !!
Is that security grills on the Town Hall winders ? No never !! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -11

12:48pm Tue 6 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

No point in a 20 mph speed limit at six o'clock on a Sunday morning other than cheap points for plod & cash cow for local authorities.
No point in a 20 mph speed limit at six o'clock on a Sunday morning other than cheap points for plod & cash cow for local authorities. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 11

9:57pm Tue 6 May 14

zampa says...

And how about educating some cyclists the Highway Code!
1. STOP at red lights.
2. STOP at Zebra crossings when vehicles have stopped to allow pedestrians to cross.
3. STOP when vehicles are turning right when vehicles have stopped to allow you to go.
And to educate them if they hold a vehicle license they can pick up points when they break the cycling.
Having said that some vehicle drivers need re-educating as well.
And how about educating some cyclists the Highway Code! 1. STOP at red lights. 2. STOP at Zebra crossings when vehicles have stopped to allow pedestrians to cross. 3. STOP when vehicles are turning right when vehicles have stopped to allow you to go. And to educate them if they hold a vehicle license they can pick up points when they break the cycling. Having said that some vehicle drivers need re-educating as well. zampa
  • Score: -4

1:30pm Wed 21 May 14

transportbuff says...

yet another damned manifestation of the cult of sloth... (ie: slowness)

cyclists may love this but the rest of us are already cursing them - and in saying this I include us bus passengers, not just because of the slower journeys but because slower travel means that more buses and bus drivers will be needed to maintain the same capacity - so this will cause bus fares to rise even higher!

All for a self-righteous group of people who do not even pay to use the roads - no road tax, no insurance...

why should everyone else have to bow down and grovel at their feet?

why should the rest of London's population suffer longer slower journeys, a lower quality of life, increased air pollution (vehicles travelling at 20mph will be in 3rd gear, which increases air pollution) and generally be treated like dirt?

Simon
yet another damned manifestation of the cult of sloth... (ie: slowness) cyclists may love this but the rest of us are already cursing them - and in saying this I include us bus passengers, not just because of the slower journeys but because slower travel means that more buses and bus drivers will be needed to maintain the same capacity - so this will cause bus fares to rise even higher! All for a self-righteous group of people who do not even pay to use the roads - no road tax, no insurance... why should everyone else have to bow down and grovel at their feet? why should the rest of London's population suffer longer slower journeys, a lower quality of life, increased air pollution (vehicles travelling at 20mph will be in 3rd gear, which increases air pollution) and generally be treated like dirt? Simon transportbuff
  • Score: -1

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