The Times has launched a campaign to ‘save Britain’s cyclists’, in response to serious injuries suffered by one of its journalists outside its offices in Wapping, London.
The incident occurred almost three months ago and, though stable, Mary Bowers (pictured) is still not conscious and remains in a trauma unit.
The Times criticises authorities that have neglected to ensure that junctions, like the one where Mary was seriously injured, and many others across London, are changed to enable cars, lorries and cyclists to co-exist safely.
The Times questions why it is not mandatory for lorries driving on city streets to be fitted with sensors and mirrors to pick up cyclists in blind spots; why training for cyclists and drivers on how to share the road responsibly is so poor; and why some junctions are so dangerous that jumping a red light can actually be a safer option than lining up alongside HGVs at traffic lights.
London trails so far behind cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen in terms of infrastructure and legislation to protect vulnerable cyclists and help drivers who are trying to avoid them, adds The Times.
Laura Fawcett, Mary’s sister, says: “I’m angry that the accident happened and that it was even possible for it to happen. Mary’s nurses said to me that if I’d seen what they see all the time in intensive care I would never cycle again. It is just so random and cruel, but it feels like so many of these things can be prevented by increasing awareness and changing road structures.”
The Times says its cycle safety campaign is not simply to call for safer roads, but also outlines exactly how that can be achieved, in a way that is designed to hold transport authorities and politicians to account.
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