Thomas Heatherwick, Designer of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron has revealed his design for a vegetated bridge across the Thames River in London. Heatherwick said that “The idea is simple; to connect north and south London with a garden. We have been working with actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley, who has been a proponent of such an idea for several years.”
The Mayor of London and Transport for London have released a plan to improve cyclists safety on the roads of London.
London’s boroughs and cycling groups are being asked to comment on the content of the plan, which highlights the needs for action by:
· Promoting the cycling safety message to all road users.
· Delivering new, safe cycle routes and facilities – such as the new Cycle Superhighways routes and the central London Cycle Hire scheme with its 6,000 bikes.
· Confidence boosting training for cyclists, and other road users –£3 million has been invested in cycle training this year.
· Encouraging HGV(heavy goods vehicles) operators in London to take cycling safety seriously – including engaging with 7,000 London companies and encouraging them to join TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme.
· Working with over 300 freight companies which operate construction vehicles – they will be encouraged to install side-bars or other safety devices on HGVs that are currently exempt.
· Calling for Government action to improve HGV safety – by removing the current exemption for some construction vehicles to have side-bars and requiring cycle safety awareness as a mandatory part of HGV drivers ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) periodic training requirement.
· Championing the need to allow trials of innovative safety measures – such as Trixi mirrors in London to examine their potential benefits for cycling safety.
· Creating a Cycle Safety Working Group of key road user and cycling organisations