Cyclists facing increasing dangers on Kingston roads

Latest figures show Kingston’s cyclists are facing increasing danger on main roads.

In 2009, nine cyclists suffered serious injuries on the Borough’s roads, while sixty minor injuries were reported, a rise of 17 from 2008.

There was also a growth in injuries sustained motorcyclists but, while it makes bleak reading for two-wheel fans, there is brighter news for other road users.

Total pedestrian casualties fell by seven to 73, while there were fewer reported serious injuries sustained by car occupants.

There were two fatalities in 2009, which shows there is still work to be done.

A Kingston Council spokesman said: “Kingston consistently records some of the lowest figures across London.”

Financial backing for a further reduction of casualties may come as a result of the borough’s progress, the spokesman said.

He added: “Because of our excellent record we attracted nearly £4m from the Government for further transport improvements.”

The news comes as Kingston Council wraps up its free cyclist training for children programme for the summer. Throughout July and August, children from local schools have been given training in how to cycle safe on our busy roads.

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1:26pm Fri 20 Aug 10

GR-London says...

The authorities are hypocrites when it comes to road safety.

I told a council in London about a very dangerous pothole on a main narrow road, which could be fatal for a cyclist. At first they refused to fill it in and only after some pressure did they agree, but took three months to do it.
They only seem interested in road safety if they can fine someone (usually the car driver). It's about time some of these overpaid and incompetent council officials were held to account.

Do cyclists have to be killed before action is taken?
The authorities are hypocrites when it comes to road safety. I told a council in London about a very dangerous pothole on a main narrow road, which could be fatal for a cyclist. At first they refused to fill it in and only after some pressure did they agree, but took three months to do it. They only seem interested in road safety if they can fine someone (usually the car driver). It's about time some of these overpaid and incompetent council officials were held to account. Do cyclists have to be killed before action is taken? GR-London
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3:31pm Fri 20 Aug 10

u9ge says...

The roads in the borough are hardly cyclist friendly, cycling infrastructure needs be built so cyclists can share the roads.

As for the state of the roads, just try cycling down Victoria Road. I am sure the council just picks the contractor who turns up with the cutest guide dog and sends them off to waste their revenues.
The roads in the borough are hardly cyclist friendly, cycling infrastructure needs be built so cyclists can share the roads. As for the state of the roads, just try cycling down Victoria Road. I am sure the council just picks the contractor who turns up with the cutest guide dog and sends them off to waste their revenues. u9ge
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11:55pm Fri 20 Aug 10

onfoot says...

How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on.
How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on. onfoot
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9:44am Sat 21 Aug 10

mitchamdonner says...

Maybe numbers rose because more people are cycling. What is the percentage/ratio etc??

Things like 'pinch points' dont help. I dont think that many of the council staff that design 'road calming' features have any experience of cycling whatsoever. Eg the martin way debacle in Merton, where merton cycling advised cyclists to avoid the road altogether as it was now so dangerous.

If you see a pothole, get onto the CTC website and report it thru their reporting application. Merton fixed one in 3 days!
Maybe numbers rose because more people are cycling. What is the percentage/ratio etc?? Things like 'pinch points' dont help. I dont think that many of the council staff that design 'road calming' features have any experience of cycling whatsoever. Eg the martin way debacle in Merton, where merton cycling advised cyclists to avoid the road altogether as it was now so dangerous. If you see a pothole, get onto the CTC website and report it thru their reporting application. Merton fixed one in 3 days! mitchamdonner
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3:46pm Sat 21 Aug 10

ChuckWoking says...

onfoot wrote:
How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on.
Perhaps if the roads were safer, with better design for cyclists and fewer maniac car drivers, more cyclists would be on the roads and you would have less to winge about.

But that is stating the obvious, isn't it...?
[quote][p][bold]onfoot[/bold] wrote: How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on.[/p][/quote]Perhaps if the roads were safer, with better design for cyclists and fewer maniac car drivers, more cyclists would be on the roads and you would have less to winge about. But that is stating the obvious, isn't it...? ChuckWoking
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9:32am Mon 23 Aug 10

Angela M says...

If you don't feel safe riding a bike on the road, maybe you should leave the bike at home. As a pedestrian, I have been injured several times by irresponsible cyclists illegally riding on the footpath.
If you don't feel safe riding a bike on the road, maybe you should leave the bike at home. As a pedestrian, I have been injured several times by irresponsible cyclists illegally riding on the footpath. Angela M
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9:47pm Mon 23 Aug 10

onfoot says...

ChuckWoking wrote:
onfoot wrote:
How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on.
Perhaps if the roads were safer, with better design for cyclists and fewer maniac car drivers, more cyclists would be on the roads and you would have less to winge about.

But that is stating the obvious, isn't it...?
In responce to chuck having been struck by cyclists several times when walking on the footpaths and they have not even stopped or said sorry yes i do have something to winge about.

And to state the obvious the clue is in the name it is a footpath.
[quote][p][bold]ChuckWoking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onfoot[/bold] wrote: How can the cyclists in the local area comment on the state of the roads as they spend most of their time using the footpaths to ride on.[/p][/quote]Perhaps if the roads were safer, with better design for cyclists and fewer maniac car drivers, more cyclists would be on the roads and you would have less to winge about. But that is stating the obvious, isn't it...?[/p][/quote]In responce to chuck having been struck by cyclists several times when walking on the footpaths and they have not even stopped or said sorry yes i do have something to winge about. And to state the obvious the clue is in the name it is a footpath. onfoot
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