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I recently cycled through a road accident hotspot in London to see how bad it was.

I was fitted with a microphone to record the experience after hearing about a petition from local people calling for changes to the A23 in Streatham.

According to the campaigners, the road sees `a significant incident every four days, with someone being fatally or seriously injured every month`.

The petition is just one of a number being organised by local groups across our city which call for improvements to the design of roads. The A23 petition asks for a number of things including clear speed limits and speed cushions to slow the traffic down.

As I cycled along the route, I was being passed all the time by cars and buses. It was nerve wracking when a bus comes close to you. 

I really would like to cycle more, but the problem is roads like this terrify me. Cars zoom past at way more than 30 miles per hour. It's almost like a racetrack in places.

I admit I was scared, in fact, I would say terrified at times. Imagine if you cycled along this route every day, as many people do. It’s no wonder there have been so many accidents and so many casualties. Something clearly has to be done.

While I was in the area, I also spent time talking to local people. I wanted to know what they thought. For example, should there be a separate cycle lane? To me it looks like there is space to add one.

In my view, we need to make sure that roads are safe for everyone who uses them. It doesn`t matter whether you are on a bicycle like I was, a pedestrian or a driver.

The organiser of the A23 petition is local resident Charly Lewis. She told me that she set up the petition because she was just getting frustrated with witnessing accident after accident. Charly believes that part of the problem is down to major developments nearby putting increased pressure on the road.

After seeing the situation in Streatham, I think that planners across London need really need to think about how they can improve the design of the roads at these accident spots.

Please add your signature to the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/make-the-a23-in-streatham-safer

Watch the video here


While I agree with Dame Tessa Jowell that commuters have faced unacceptably high levels of disruption at London Bridge station in recent months, simply saying we need a “fairer system” is not going to reassure anyone.

Why should it be down to commuters to fill out time-consuming forms and then wait to be compensated for a service they have paid for but have not received? I’d like to see compensation automatically credited to Oyster cards or bank accounts.

While we all understand that engineering works are essential, but when they go well beyond what is acceptable perhaps a system such as this would help to focus the minds of those planning such disruption.


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