Campaigning for a Civilised Cycling City

In the studio is Mustafa Arif, Chair of Campaigns at the 11,000 strong London Cycling Campaign. We look back at the weekend’s Tour Du Danger, a bicycle ride around ten of the most hazardous junctions for cyclists in London and hear how politicians Simon Hughes MP and London Mayor Boris Johnson plan to make London a cycling city.

If you can bear it, you can hear the full half hour of Boris Johnson being grilled by the London Assembly on cycle safety.

Joining the London Cycling Campaign costs just £32 (£14 concessions)

  • Silvana D. Potter

    I think London Cycling Campaign is a good idea since there are many cyclist in London and it would be better to provide them a lanes just for them and for their safety.

  • Neil

    I have cycled all my life: racing, touring, commuting, but I’d like to highlight just one observation as a class 1 hgv driver, who regularly brings articulated lorries into London.

    It’s extremely difficult to be aware of the ever changing situation through all one’s mirrors simultaneously, especially when one hgv driver’s caution can become a tempting invitation for following cyclists to “take a chance”.

    But there is one thing that cyclists should know.

    Rightly or wrongly, lorry drivers are accustomed to look out for hi vis vests or jackets (day and night); it’s what they see around them all the time and they’re incredibly noticeable when you checkl your mirrors. One becomes used to noticing them almost subconsiously.

    And of course, the more cyclists who wear them, the less visible you become if you don’t.

    Personally, I’ve got three different sizes and just choose the right one comensurate with whatever I’m wearing at the time, so there’s very little drag.

    It’s not the perfect solution, but it certainly helps. Just ask anyone working in a hazardous environment.