A message from Caroline Pidgeon to all cyclists ahead of a key vote in the European Parliament on the 15th April

April 10, 2014 1:14 PM

Campaigning for safer roads has for a long time been a key priority of mine and it has been a key issue I have continually raised at City Hall, including challenging the Mayor to meet the repeated promises he has made to cyclists. In 2012 there were 118 cyclists killed on our roads in the UK. Many more adults and children were seriously injured, in some cases with lifelong injuries.

We live in an international world and one of the biggest challenges is to ensure that we have far better designs for lorries on our roads, which must include the lorries that come across from EU countries.

I want to draw to your attention a key vote on safety measures that would help cyclists in London. In the European Parliament most MEPs have been active in supporting new guidelines for lorries which would improve lorry drivers' sightlines, reducing the blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of lorry cabs. The new proposed designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce the damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians.

The proposed safety measures are set to be voted on again by all MEPs in the European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg on Tuesday 15th April.

If MEPs hear in sufficient numbers from cyclists before this vote we can hopefully ensure they vote unanimously for these much needed proposals. That will send out a powerful message to the EU Council of Ministers which will then meet in May.

We have justa few days to remind MEPs how important this vote is for road safety. I would encourage you to email today to tell them how important their vote is on the 15th April. Please also tell them to lobby Ministers at the Department of Transport as well.

Just click here for the addresses of all London's MEPs. Please don't forget to include your name and address in your email.

If the enclosed link doesn't work you can easily find the names and contact details of London's MEPs at www.writetothem.com