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Boris Johnson’s suggestion that headphone wearing cyclists contribute to deaths enrages campaigners

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that headphone wearing cyclists contribute to deaths enrages campaigners

Boris Johnson has enraged London cycling campaigners by suggesting that cyclists should be prohibited from wearing headphones. The Mayor made his comments to BBC London 94.9 on Tuesday morning, reaffirming his controversial view that any infrastructure solutions could not make London’s roads safer. Johnson went on to criticise cyclists wearing…

Lewisham commuters share their travel experiences

Lewisham commuters share their travel experiences

Londoners have the longest commutes of anyone in the United Kingdom, according to figures highlighted by the TUC last week. According to the study, the average commuting time for those in the capital is 75.2 minutes of travel time per day. EastLondonLines spoke to workers and residents travelling through Lewisham,…

Boris Johnson, after fifth cycle death: no infrastructure improvements can save the lives of London’s cyclists

Boris Johnson, after fifth cycle death: no infrastructure improvements can save the lives of London’s cyclists

Mayor Boris Johnson has come under attack for comments which disregard the growing pressure for an immediate and independent review of the city’s cycling safety laws following the death of five cyclists in nine days. Johnson stated cyclists needed to obey the laws of the road adding: “There’s no amount…

Locals speak about cycling dangers and fatalities

Locals speak about cycling dangers and fatalities

Following Thursday morning’s tragic news of London’s fifth cycling death in the last nine days, ELL reporters have been out on the streets of New Cross getting the reaction of locals. We asked them how they feel about the recent fatalities, the city’s cycling infrastructure and what can be done…

Crofton Park station ‘gets a very poor deal’

Crofton Park station ‘gets a very poor deal’

The Crofton Park Transport User Group (CPTUG) has initiated a campaign pushing for a better service at Crofton Park station. As of now, the station receives on average two or fewer trains per hour, despite the annual number of passengers using the station being about 900,000. This means that passenger…

Hackney Council makes £5.9m profit from motorists

Hackney Council makes £5.9m profit from motorists

The cash surplus of Hackney Council parking charges soared by over 400 per cent to £5.9m in 2012, according to figures published last week by a motoring charity. Data collected by the RAC Foundation, released on August 1, indicates between 2009-2011 Hackney Council’s parking charges cash surplus had increased by 418…

Truck driver who killed cyclist spared jail after guilty plea

Truck driver who killed cyclist spared jail after guilty plea

A tipper truck driver has been spared jail after pleading guilty to killing a cyclist at a roundabout in Bow in 2011. David Cox, 49, admitted causing the death of Brian Dorling, 58, by careless driving at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday July 23. He was given a prison…

Rail unions protest at ticket office closure plans

Rail unions protest at ticket office closure plans

Rail unions staged a demonstration outside Whitechapel station this morning in protest at redevelopment plans to close the staffed ticket office by Transport for London (TfL). The plans include the proposal to replace the existing ticket hall and staffed ticket office with a new ticket machine-only hall by the time…

Protest called by cyclist group in wake of ‘Boris bike’ death

Protest called by cyclist group in wake of ‘Boris bike’ death

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has invited all Londoners to a protest ride on Friday evening from Tower Hill to Aldgate in response to the deaths of two cyclists in Aldgate and Lewisham over the last two weeks. The protest will stop at the junction of Whitechapel Road to pay respects…

Woman cyclist, 20, becomes first fatality on a ‘Boris Bike’

Woman cyclist, 20, becomes first fatality on a ‘Boris Bike’

A 20-year-old woman has died after the “Boris Bike” she was riding collided with a lorry on Whitechapel Road. The incident is said to have occurred around 18:20 on Friday on Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 outside Aldgate East underground station. Paramedics took the woman to the Royal London Hospital where…