The three Area Committees that met last night all unanimously agreed to look at implementing cycling safety schemes across the Borough following three member’s items submitted by Labour councillors.
The cycling schemes are part of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) ‘Space for Cycling’ project, which the LCC had lobbied all candidates to support during the local elections held recently.
Labour candidates collectively agreed to support the principles of the campaign, and made a commitment to ask the council to look at implementing each scheme following consultation with residents.
There were 1,262 casualties from road traffic accidents in Barnet last year - that’s the 2nd highest number of casualties in London, and the highest number of all outer-London Boroughs. Although there was a 9% reduction in the number of casualties compared to 2011, there has been a 15% increase in the number of casualties amongst cyclists with 82 in total last year.
Labour’s Spokesperson on the Hendon Area Committee, Cllr Adam Langleben said: "Improvements to cycling provision are desperately needed in Hendon and across Barnet. For over a decade the Tories have rejected millions of pounds in London wide cycling funding due to ideological opposition to two wheels. Perhaps we are seeing a change of heart?
All Labour Councillors and candidates in Hendon supported the exploration of the London Cycling Campaign's 'Space for Cycling' ward based proposals and Labour Councillors will continue to fight for better provision across the borough.
It is a shame that only two Hendon Conservative councillors signed up to the LCC campaign."
Labour’s spokesperson on Chipping Barnet Area Committee, Cllr Pauline Coakley Webb said: “I’m pleased that we got unanimous support for looking at these schemes – we need to encourage people to cycle more to help tackle congestion, pollution and to improve people’s health – but to do that we must make cycling as safe as possible.”
Labour’s Spokesperson on Finchley & Golders Green Area Committee, Cllr Kath McGuirk said: “Local people are crying out for road safety measures to make our roads safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike, but up until now the Tories have been reluctant to engage properly on the issue. We also need to start fixing all these dangerous potholes that are making life a misery for everyone crossing the road or driving on the road, and work on a robust Borough Road Safety Strategy that local people across Barnet can sign up to, but for now one of our election commitments on cycling has been delivered.”