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VISION ZERO: Cyclist fatality in Stanmore sparks new scheme

 Published on: 13th August 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

The death of a cyclist in Stanmore has contributed to a new initiative to eradicate fatalities on London’s roads.

A 37-year-old man died on Wemborough Road was one of eight road deaths in the space of five days last month, sparking a new initiative, Vision Zero to be launched.

The scheme aims to eliminate all deaths on London’s roads by 2041.

The scheme has been set up by London Mayor, Sadiq Kahn, the department for transport and the Metropolitan police.

The Vision Zero action plans sets out to focus on safer speeds, streets, vehicles, behaviour as well as a review of the post-collision response.

This includes speed limit changes more appropriate for the roads they’re on, transforming junctions to reduce collisions, educating drivers about vehicle and driving behaviours plus much more.

Stuart Reid, director of Vision Zero at TfL, said: “It has been an extremely tragic period for road fatalities. Tragedy on our roads should not be expected or tolerated and we are working hard to cut this down to zero — the only acceptable number. 

“We need everyone in London, regardless of how you’re travelling, to take more care on the roads and be aware of the people around you.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, from the Metropolitan’s roads and transport command, said: “Every road death or serious injury is devastating for the victim’s family and friends. 

“Through education and enforcement we must remind all road users of the importance of keeping themselves and others safe when on London’s roads.”

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