London hospital backs segregated cycle lanes

King's College Hospital hospital in London has joined calls for protected cycle lanes in the capital

King’s College Hospital, home to one of the capital’s four major trauma centres, has joined the Royal London, Barts Health NHS Trust and the London Air Ambulance in supporting Transport for London’s plans for new protected cycle routes across London.

Chief Executive Tim Smart outlined why the hospital is backing the planned North-South and East-West Cycle Superhighways.

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He told CyclingWorks: “Every day, our trauma team treat people transferred to King’s with serious and often life-threatening injuries.

“Speaking to medical colleagues in our Emergency  Department, I know that the number of patients they are treating with injuries sustained whilst cycling is on the rise.

“As a result, everyone at King’s is committed to doing everything possible to make cycling safer.”

The move comes after the mayor’s office revealed last week that segregated cycle lanes and junction changes will now extend to all 32 boroughs, with work on a “significant number” of the projects to be underway by 2016.

The first phase already comprises seven routes in 15 boroughs, the first of which are due to open in spring 2015.

It also follows the recent death of a cyclist who was killed at Ludgate Circus.

The announcement for two new Cycle Superhighways in the capital, including an 18 mile continuous East-West cycle route, dubbed the “crossrail for bikes”, was announced earlier this year.

Smart added: “These plans will hopefully help reduce the number of serious and sometimes fatal injuries people sustain whilst riding their bikes in the Capital. Improving cycle safety will also be welcomed by King’s staff, many of whom cycle to our various sites.”