London plans speed limit curb to save cyclists

The City proposes to cut 'unacceptable' cyclist casualties
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A 20 mph speed limit could be introduced in the City of London in a bid to make roads safer for cycling city workers, reports the Evening Standard.

Following the increase of cycle commuters to the area, Labour London Assembly member for the City and East John Biggs said: "I think the City of London is almost the perfect place to have a 20mph zone because of the number of pedestrians and cyclists and its narrow streets.

"There are a number of streets which are TfL roads, such as Bishopsgate, Farringdon and Lower Thames Street. It would be good if TfL could comply with this as well."

A TfL report has looked into 20mph limits on four crossings over the Thames, including London Bridge, and found £7 million benefit over five years in terms of less casualties.

Public consultation on the Mayor's transport policies have seen a high proportion of cyclists respond. A spokesperson for the City said: "City of London members are looking at some themes that emerged from public consultation on the draft 2011 City of London local implementation plan.

"One of those themes concerns speed limits in the City. The [streets and walkways] sub-committee felt that more consideration might be given to this and, over the next few months, members generally will consider whether they wish to examine that issue, and any others, in more detail."

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