Cycle safety initiative on Wandsworth riverside

Published: Wednesday 15th March 17

Cyclists were encouraged to take extra care when riding on the Thames Path during a bike safety awareness initiative, carried out in partnership between Wandsworth Police and the council.

The importance of staying safe in the saddle and avoiding collisions with pedestrians was the theme of the event on the riverside walkway near Wandsworth Bridge.

The location was chosen following concerns raised by local people.

The aim of the exercise was to improve safety for both cyclists and pedestrians

Officers from the Met Police spoke to cyclists to remind them to keep their speed under control as this is a part of the riverside walk where a small minority of cyclists ride too fast and run the risk of colliding with pedestrians and other cyclists.

The council’s community safety spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The vast majority of cyclists are very sensible and slow down at this busy location where they could easily encounter pedestrians and other cyclists travelling in the opposite direction.

“Sadly though some are not quite so sensible and do ride too fast which puts both them and others at risk. 

“The aim of this operation was to simply reinforce the important safety message that it’s better to slow down and allow a little extra time for your journey rather than have an accident.”

Wandsworth is fast becoming the cycling capital of London after scoring the biggest increase in pedal power in the whole of England, according to figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The proportion of local people who cycle at least once a month went from 18.2 per cent in 2013/14, to 30.7 per cent in 2014/15 - a rise of 12.5 percentage points.

Only two other parts of London made it into the top ten for year-on-year increases – City of London with a 9.8 per cent rise and Croydon with an increase of 5.9 per cent.

Wandsworth’s sharp rise brings its overall cycling rate up to fifth in the country, behind the university towns of Cambridge (58), Oxford (43.2) and York (34.2), as well as neighbouring Richmond (33.1).

According to the DfT report, the proportion of regular cyclists in Wandsworth is now double the average for England which stands at 14.7 per cent.

The country-wide statistics also show Wandsworth residents are keen walkers, with the percentage of adults walking at least five times a week standing at 64.2 per cent, the ninth highest in England.

For more information on how Wandsworth is promoting safe two-wheeled transport read the council’s cycling strategy online.  

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Recent comments

I really do wonder why anyone bothers to advise cyclists on safety 90% do not take any notice. Try watching the junction at Garratt Lane & Wandsworth High Street. What you will see is a total disregard for other road users and pedestrians. Cycling on the pavement ignoring others, not stopping at red lights. I have almost been hit on several occasions. So until tougher enforcement comes in i am afraid this is just a waste of public money.
Matthew Brooks

18 March 2017

about time fixed penalty for cyclists on footpaths are introduced. I have been hit more than once, when challenged the cyclists said "the roads are too dangerous", they don't like being bullied by cars but happy to do it to pedestrians. I asked for name and address, I was hit by a metal object. that's assault.
stephen johnson

17 March 2017

The Thames Path is one of the few areas of Wandsworth safe enough for all ages and abilities to cycle. The council is going backwards in terms of providing safe infrastructure elsewhere. The 20mph limit is great but we need more filters to cut through traffic. Residential streets should just be for residents and access only. That'll make them safe for children to cycle to school and it will encourage the less brave to choose clean, healthy transport.
James Broughton

17 March 2017

The Thames Path is one of the few areas of Wandsworth safe enough for all ages and abilities to cycle. The council is going backwards in terms of providing safe infrastructure elsewhere. The 20mph limit is great but we need more filters to cut through traffic. Residential streets should just be for residents and access only. That'll make them safe for children to cycle to school and it will encourage the less brave to choose clean, healthy transport.
James Broughton

17 March 2017

And what's the council doing about speeding motorists who, unlike cyclists who rarely cause serious injury to others, cause death, injury and pollution on an epic scale? These tokenistic measures have no evidence to support them. There are two main things that work to civilise our streets and give everyone safe space: 1. Make the majority of residential streets access-only, except for pedestrians, emergency vehicles and cycles 2. On the majority of main roads reconfigure them so there is a protected lane for people on cycles, mobility scooters, scooters, skates, runners, etc Of course, as these are proven to work, Wandsworth will fight tooth and nail to oppose them - as they deem space given to cycle lanes to be wasted
Simon Shields

17 March 2017

Bit of a waste of time eh - they all think they're Bradley Wiggins or Laura Trott. I'd have to break the speed limit attempting to keep up with the 'lycra clads' on Upper Richmond Road & Priory Lane. Whatever will they do when the 20 mph speed limit comes in all over Wandsworth.
Liz D

17 March 2017

It is worth pointing out the the "cycle routes" on both TFL and Google are wrong and direct cyclists down routes which are pedestrian only. (including the footpath along the Thames from the Wetlands to Barnes Bridge. It is also inaccurate along the railway between Wandsworth Town Station and Plough Road, SW11. This website is accurate for those routes I have checked https://london.cyclestreets.net
Jane Eades

15 March 2017