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Boris Tells Cyclists: Stop Breaking The Law To Stay Safe

Thursday 14th November 2013

Boris Johnson has called on cyclists to stop breaking the rules of the road to reduce the number of deaths on London's roads.

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Five cyclists have been killed in the last nine days in the capital, each following crashes with buses or lorries.

Last night, a man was hit by a double decker bus in Aldgate and he died in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

The Mayor of London says that although no one should be blamed, he called on cyclists to stop jumping red lights and to pay more attention to motorists.

He told Nick Ferrari on LBC 97.3:"There's no question of blame or finger pointing. That doesn't work in these circumstances.

"But unless people obey the laws of the road and people actively take account of the signals that we put in, there's no amount of traffic engineering that we invest in that is going to save people's lives.

"Some of the cases that we've seen in the last few days really make your heart bleed because you can see that people have taken decisions that really did put their lives in danger.

"You cannot blame the victim in these circumstances. But what you can say is that when people make decisions on the road that are very risky - jumping red lights, moving across fast-moving traffic in a way that is completely unexpected and without looking to see what traffic is doing - it's very difficult for the traffic engineers to second-guess that.

"I'm appealing to all cyclists, as well as all motorists, do think of the laws of the road, because if you take these hasty, rash decisions that we're seeing sometimes, then you will be endangering your life."

Just last week on LBC 97.3, Boris actually admitted to breaking the law himself on his bike, as he cycled in the dark without a rear light after the battery died.

He also regularly cycles without a helmet - and once clashed with Nick Ferrari, shouting "You can't bully me into wearing a helmet.

Gordon Seabright, chief executive of cycling charity CTC, said "CTC and all cyclists are sickened by the continuing failure to protect cyclists, in particular from the dangers caused by lorries in our towns and cities.

"We want to see the Mayor of London and all those responsible for the safety of our streets living up to their promises."