July 22 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Campaigners are demanding improved bike lanes in Redbridge to increase safety following the death of a cyclist.
Kevin Lane, 52, died after a crash in High Road, Woodford Green, in February. It was the first bicycle fatality of the year in London.
Information obtained by pressure group Stop Killing Cyclists shows that there are only two kilometres of segregated cycle lanes in Redbridge.
The lanes, with bricks or stone separating them from traffic, are considered much safer than the more common paths painted in the road.
Redbridge Council has not built any more segregated lanes since the 2010 elections.
Following the death of Mr Lane, members of Stop Killing Cyclists held a candlelit vigil at Redbridge Town Hall.
Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said “[The council] needs to immediately protect its pedestrians and cyclists by introducing a safe borough-wide 20mph zone and to invest with the Mayor of London in a comprehensive borough-wide segregated cycle network within five years.”
A Redbridge Council spokesman said initiatives like bike training for children, new cycle lanes and crossings and speed limit reductions were already underway.
He added: “It is important, however, that the council takes into account also the needs of all road users, including pedestrians, people with disabilities, motorcyclists and drivers as well as cyclists.”