The Daily Telegraph website, via the excellent Londonist blog, has produced an interactive map charting the deadliest year for cyclists in London since 2006, with 16 people killed in bicycle accidents in the capital in 2011. The link to the map is here: Mapped: London’s Cycle Accident Blackspots | Londonist.
The map can be configured by the type of accident — running from slight, through serious and, sadly, on to fatal — and for each incident salient facts are displayed, including the date and time, the gender of the person hit and the vehicle(s) involved. There’s also a Google Street View plug-in for good measure, which might allow cyclists to scout out a particularly dicey area if they’re heading for unfamiliar territory.
You are also able to drill down into details locally in and around Croydon.
It is worth noting that at recent meetings of the London Assembly, when the issue of cyclists’ safety has been tabled for discussion, our local Assembly Member, Steve O’Connell, has got up and walked out to help to prevent discussion of an issue which must surely be close to Mayor “Biker” Boris’s heart. Well worth £120,000 per year of public money…
- Boris is back in town and Menta questions tower over O’Connell (insidecroydon.com)
- Twitter exposes O’Connell’s priorities over £1bn incinerator (insidecroydon.com)
- £115,000 man O’Connell refuses to support Living Wage (insidecroydon.com)
- Croydon pedestrians risk death on unsafe crossings (insidecroydon.com)
- Cyclists urged to have insurance (autonetinsurance.co.uk)