WATCH: Ken Accuses Boris Over Cycling Deaths
Tuesday 3rd April 2012
Ken Livingstone claimed that traffic changes made by Boris Johnson helped led to two deaths at Bow Roundabout.
In the LBC 97.3 Mayoral Debate, an emotional Mr Livingstone accused Mr Johnson of caring only about traffic flow, at the expense of cycling safety.
Mr Livingstone said: "When you talk to the locals [at Bow], they spent 18 months with with TfL planning safety measures. Those were taken out.
"When Transport for London officials went to see the Mayor's Advisor for Transport Kulveer Ranger and said this would put cyclists at risk, Kulveer Ranger said 'The Mayor's priority is traffic flow'.
"Now the police are investigating TfL over a potential corporate manslaughter, based solely on a decision Boris Johnson took which has claimed the lives of two cyclists."
Mr Johnson brushed aside criticism, saying: "I think that's a pretty reprehensible thing to say. I understand why people want to blame me for the deaths of two cyclists in London."
When pressed, Boris then said he couldn't say what Kulveer Ranger may or may not have said.