Time to address the balance of London’s streets – Will Norman

LRSC Will Norman AGM

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, has called for an end to the Capital’s car dominance and for the streets to be given back to the people.

Speaking at the London Road Safety Council’s conference on 12 July, Mr Norman stressed that his approach was not anti-car, but pro alternative, active travel options.

Mr Norman told the audience that a quarter of a million journeys on London’s roads each morning are being made on the school run and stressed how important it is to promote alternatives to the car.

During a lively presentation, Mr Norman also spoke about the Vision Zero Action Plan – stating that no death or serious injury on should be seen as acceptable or inevitable.  

He added that speed reduction is the most important aspect of Vision Zero, also mentioning safer junctions and the introduction of the Direct Vision Standard for large vehicles – designed to reduce blind spots.

Elsewhere, Sgt Guy Harrison gave a presentation on the Met Police’s approach to roadside testing from drugs.  

Cllr Teji Barnes, LRSC chair, volunteered to be tested using one of the two Home Office approved roadside testing devices.

Christine Fitzgerald and Jon Brichto showed the first two of an eventual eight films being produced to tackle a host of motorcycle safety issues – as part of the 2Wheels London campaign.  

The films use an approach – described as different and fun – to encourage social media engagement.  The sneak preview was well received – with members looking forward to the official launch of the films later this year.

Dr Nicola Christie delivered a presentation on drivers and riders working in the gig economy. 

The presentation was based on research, which paints a worrying picture of an industry where the life of the parcel often seems to take precedence over the life of the person.

Finally, detective superintendent Andy Cox gave a presentation on Vision Zero from a policing perspective and took the audience through the various operations being undertaken by the Met Police to reduce casualties.

16 July 2019