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Reducing traffic in Amwell Street would make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists

27 July, 2018

• THE Amwell Society claims cyclists on the steep incline of Amwell Street put “pedestrians, including schoolchildren, at considerable risk”, (Amwell Street racetrack will post threat to shops, July 20).

But a quick look at the official STATS19 collision database shows that there were three pedestrian injuries in Amwell Street in the 10 years to 2016 (excluding the junction at Pentonville Road) and none involved a cyclist.

The Amwell Society mentions those cyclists that are “less at ease with the cut-and-thrust of London traffic” – an interesting turn of phrase. There were 16 cycling injuries in Amwell Street in the 10 years to 2016, so current and future cyclists have legitimate reason to feel uneasy.

Pedestrians and cyclists perceive risks from motor vehicles and sometimes there is actual risk. Looking at the stats only it would appear that reducing motor traffic in Amwell Street would actually make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists as all previous collisions involved motor vehicles.

JOHN ACKERS
Highbury Grove, N5

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