Boris Johnson Blames Cyclists for Accidents
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has dismissed the notion that London is unsafe for cyclists by saying “there's no amount of traffic engineering that we invest in that is going to save people's lives.” The controversial politician says that cyclists must obey the laws if they are to be safe on the roads of the capital.
The question of cyclists’ safety has become an issue after the 5th death in the last nine days. Police have not named the latest casualty, the 13th to have passed away on the roads in 2013, but have confirmed that he was hit by a bus around midnight on Wednesday night. He was travelling near Aldgate East station on a junction of Whitechapel Road and was using one of London’s cycle superhighways.
After treatment on the roadside by paramedics he was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries at 4am. The bus driver involved was in shock and has not been arrested. The police are making inquiries to locate the rider’s family.
The Mayor of London made his controversial statement on a radio station the following morning, adding, “there can be no question of blame or finger-pointing”. He told LBC 97.3’s Nick Ferrari that “Some of the cases that we've seen in the last few days really make your heart bleed because you can see that people have taken decisions that really did put their lives in danger.”
The Green Party were the first to respond to the Mayor comments, labelling them “an attempt to blame the victims, rather than tackling the real problem of HGVs, buses and dangerous junctions.”
Darren Johnson of the Green Party added, “Four out of the five deaths of cyclists in the last nine days have involved either his blue paint or his red buses.”