Boris Johnson admits errors on cycling statistics

In May, the London mayor Boris Johnson claimed that in 62% of serious cycling accidents (where the cyclist is killed or seriously injured), the rider broke the law. It was questioned by cycling groups and it turned out Johnson was repeating some hearsay he’d been told at a public meeting.

Green London Assembly member Jenny Jones submitted a written question which, last last month, finally got a reply.

I asked Transport for London to look into a statistic that I was told about during my election campaign. Its own statistics and research suggest this is not the case in London and I am pleased to be able to set the record straight on this.

It’s unfortunate that Johnson, himself a cyclist, got the figures so badly wrong. TfL’s figures show that in accidents were a cyclist was killed or badly hurt, the cyclist was presumed to have committed an offence in just 6% of cases. The vehicle driver was assumed to have done so 56% of the time while 39% of the time it wasn’t clear. This information was passed to Johnson before the Olympics, TfL said.

Repeating myths that portray cyclists as irresponsible road users who cause most of their accidents is unacceptable and lazy. In truth we are all road users with a responsibility to behave with care and due consideration to others.

See the original article here: Boris Johnson admits to getting cycling accident statistics massively wrong

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