He is one of Britain's most famous pedalers, but this week London's cyclists turned on Boris Johnson over plans to allow motorbikes into bus lanes.
Members of the London Cycling Campaign have told the Mayor to backpedal from the 'snap decision' which was made in the latter stage of his election campaign.
LCC Chief Executive Koy Thomson said that the mayor's policy was based on 'flawed methodology' and would lead to an increase in road deaths and pedestrian casualties. Thomson said earlier this week:
"This would be a decision taken not only against the advice of transport officials and without the input of cycling and pedestrian groups, but also in the face of a warning that this could ‘disbenefit’ cyclists and pedestrians."
In fact officials at Transport for London have already spoken out against the policy, which they describe as ill thought out and dangerous. TFL Managing Director for Surface Transport David Brown said:
"There is no evidence to indicate that motorcyclists would see any significant safety benefits from being allowed to enter bus lanes but that there were potential disbenefits for both cyclists and pedestrians."
Because like Boris Johnson's plans to rephase traffic lights, the 'disbenefits' of this new policy would include a big increase in the number of fatal accidents and casualties. And while Boris and his boss are not particularly bothered about their own safety, this policy would put the safety of many more Londoners' lives at risk.
And unlike gang crime and the spread of knives and guns, safety on the roads is relatively easy to improve. And as Ken Livingstone proved in his own term, simple measures can save hundreds more lives than crime crackdowns ever will.
LCC's Campaign Manager Tom Bagdanowicz has said of Boris' rushed plans to allow motorycles into bus lanes:
“Providing new high speed channels for motorcycles along major roads will inevitably increase motorcycle use. More motorcycle traffic will spread to all streets in London and will bring with it an increase in casualties for vulnerable road users. We’re asking our supporters to urge the Mayor to consider the safety impact on all London streets for every road user before any decision on allowing high-speed vehicles into bus lanes is made.”
You can tell Boris to 'Stop, Look and Listen' to Londoners by signing the LCC petition here.