PACTS calls for London cycling summit
The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has written to the Mayor of London calling on him to convene an urgent "Cycling Safety Summit" in response to the recent spate of cyclists' deaths on London’s roads.
Five cyclists died in a recent nine day period in London, bringing the total number of cyclist deaths in London this year to 13, most of them in collisions with lorries and buses.
In the letter to Boris Johnson, PACTS said it "very much supports efforts to encourage cycling because of its health, environmental and other benefits" but added that "more cycling must not be at any price".
David Davies, PACTS' executive director, said: “The boom in cycling in London has many benefits and PACTS supports it but the (recent) tragic events show that there is a need for urgent action.
"We are therefore calling on the Mayor to convene a cycling safety summit to see what can be done immediately to make cyclists safer. It is essential that actions are based on good evidence and well targeted outcomes. We must avoid knee-jerk reactions and measures that might be counter-productive.”