Working towards Vision Zero

Four victims of road trauma

In July 2018 the Mayor, TfL and Metropolitan Police launched a bold Vision Zero Action Plan, committed to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on London’s streets.

Working with the Met Police and London boroughs, TfL’s ‘Vision Zero’ approach clearly says that no death or serious injury on London’s roads is acceptable or inevitable. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy sets out the goal that, by 2041, all deaths and serious injuries will be eliminated from London’s transport network.

Each year, almost 4,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London’s streets, taking a devastating toll on the people involved, their families and communities across the capital.

Behind every statistic is a story. We spoke with several individuals whose lives have been affected by collisions on London’s roads. To help communicate the impact road trauma has on people’s lives, we spoke with several individuals whose lives have been impacted by collisions on London’s roads. You can share your story with us by using #KnowMyName.

What we’ve done so far to achieve Vision Zero:

  • Safer Junctions scheme – Our Safer Junctions programme is making life-saving changes to 73 junctions across the capital, with work already completed at 30 of them, leading to a 26 per cent reduction in collisions so far.
  • Junior Roadwatch – A road safety scheme, which sees speeding drivers questioned by schoolchildren alongside with police, launched in early June with 32 motorists stopped for speeding in just 90 minutes.
  • Direct Vision Standard – TfL is working to remove the most dangerous lorries from London’s roads with a new Safety Permit. Direct Vision has been incorporated into the European Commission’s General Safety Review, meaning it will be required across Europe.
  • Bus Safety Standard – Buses with new safety requirements, such a safe speed-limiting technology and improved mirrors and cameras, will soon be entering London’s fleet as part of TfL’s Bus Safety Standard.
  • Cycling infrastructure – Since 2016, the Mayor’s cycling plan has doubled the amount of protected cycling infrastructure built in the capital, with 116 kilometres of protected cycle lanes now complete or under construction in London.
  • 20mph – We are planning to lower speeds on 8.9km of TfL roads in central London by 2020.

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  1. Most of the cycle lanes are not protected. The blue lanes mostly have a broken white line alongside so they aren’t mandatory. Cyclists think they are safe and have sole use of those lanes. They don’t and are not safe. I know of someone who was killed in one of those lanes.

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