This is my latest column for local newspaper The Wharf:
Cycling has been on my mind this week. We all heard the tragic news that a man from Poplar had become the third cyclist to die on the city’s streets in three weeks; constituents have got in touch about the #CycleSafe Commons debate in September; and I’ve been taking advantage of the weather to cycle in to Westminster whenever possible.
All this has made me think of the huge discussion we’ve had on cycling for the last few years.
It’s because of this debate we now know what we have to do to make our roads safe and encourage people to get on a bike.
More investment, safer road design, lower speed limits, better HGV safety and driver training are just some of the many proposals which can turn words into action.
Cyclists also have a part to play, they must lead by example and abide by the rules as well as drivers.
And that’s what needs to happen now, we must reassure cyclists and people who haven’t got on a bike yet that we’re on their side and working harder than ever to make it safe.
It is unacceptable and wholly wrong that three cyclists have died on the capital’s roads in the past three weeks and this must change.
We’re only at the start of what could be a cycling revolution in this country.
There are only two things stopping us, the first is the legitimate fear cyclists have of our roads and the second is the work we must do on our roads to match the size of our ambition and reassure cyclists it’s safe.