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Green politician backs ‘floating bus stops’ days after crash video released – South London News

By Robert Firth, Local Democracy Reporter

A Green party the politician backed the so-called “floating bus stops” days after a video went viral showing a rider colliding with a pedestrian next to one outside a hospital.

Caroline Russell, a member of the London Assembly, said some cyclists were “unconsidered”, but overwhelming evidence showed that the design feature, where a cycle lane is laid between a bus stop and the pavement, reduced the number of people killed and seriously injured because it separated cyclists from BUSES at the point where he has to shoot.

The National Federation of the Blind in the UK (NFBUK) posted a clip on May 5 showing a cyclist knocking over a person at a floating bus stop outside St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster Bridge Road in Lambeth.

The charity believes the design feature, also known as bus stop bypassing, is unsafe and wants it banned. But Ms Russell, the Greens leader at City Hall, said the number of people killed and seriously injured by cyclists was a “tiny fraction” of those killed and injured by motorists.

Speaking at Newham Town Hall on Monday, she said: “Overwhelmingly, people understand that all the evidence shows that floating bus stops reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured. That is without a doubt. But we also need to hear when blind people say “I find this design very confusing. I find it really worrying. I find it stressful'”.

Caroline Russell, Green Party Assembly Member for London (Image: Greater London Authority)

Ms Russsell said measures such as raised paving, freeway crossings and different colored tarmac at floating bus stops could make them safer, as well as announcements on buses reminding people when a bus stop bypass is coming up .

She added: “It’s all about looking at the evidence and making sure you listen to people – especially the most vulnerable in that transport hierarchy, which includes a blind person walking.”

Last week guardian revealed that Transport Secretary Mark Harper is considering a ban on floating bus stations.

Transport for London (TfL) has previously said bus stop bypasses are a recognized way across the UK of reducing the danger to cyclists. Among the most recent locations in London where they have been installed is Lower Road, Canada Water, where road improvements have been made alongside the ongoing construction of tower blocks and retail units as part of Canada Water’s Masterplan.

Pictured above: A video posted online by the National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK) on May 5 showed a cyclist colliding with a pedestrian outside St Thomas’ Hospital (Image: NFBUK/LDRS)



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