Step up, Boris

With six deaths in just two weeks, it’s been a bleak beginning to the winter for London cyclists.

It’s the worst cycling death toll in recent memory and with three of these riders killed on the Mayor’s Cycle Superhighway 2 between Aldgate and Bow, the London Cycling Campaign is demanding immediate action to prevent further deaths.

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Of course, cycling safety isn’t exclusively a London issue but riders in the capital are particularly at risk, especially at the Bow roundabout in East London.

Urgent action is needed now and Cycling Weekly is supporting LCC’s mass email to Boris Johnson calling for immediate changes at the dangerous junction and to publish a timetable to upgrade the whole of Superhighway 2.

So-called Superhighways can give riders a false sense of security, whereas in reality the blue-painted roads offer no extra protection and are little more than a PR stunt by the mayor’s office.

LCC says that they warned the mayor about ‘potentially lethal flaws’ on Superhighway 2 over a year ago, but Johnson’s response has angered cyclists, suggesting that riders could be at fault for their own deaths through making “hasty, rash decisions” and failing to “obey the laws of the road”.

Take the blame and get it fixed now, Mr Johnson, before another rider dies.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly