A total of 132 victims were killed in road collisions across London in 2013, while 27,167 were injured — 2,192 seriously.
Drivers risk £100 fines and three points on their licence if they break the new limit, to be enforced by digital speed cameras and random patrols by the Met’s 2,300-officer traffic task force.
Eight pilot schemes will be run on Red Routes, the main roads that carry a third of the city’s traffic.
Areas such as King’s Cross and Farringdon Road — notorious for cycle deaths nearby — have been chosen because of the greatest potential to reduce casualties.
The speed limit on some of London’s busiest main roads is to be slashed to 20mph in a radical attempt to save lives.
Transport for London is launching trials in a bid to reduce the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured by 40 per cent by 2020.
The first pilot scheme road to convert to 20mph will be Commercial Street in Shoreditch next month, linking into plans for Tower Hamlets and Hackney to become 20mph boroughs.
If the 18-month trials are judged a success, 20mph limits will be made permanent and imposed on a further 30 miles of Red Routes seen by Tf L as “more local road than motorway”.
Some 175 miles of residential streets, about a quarter of London’s roads, already have 20mph limits.Traffic lights will be re-phased to make it harder to speed.The move builds on 20mph zones already imposed in residential areas in Camden, Islington and the City of London.This doesn’t necessarily have a huge impact on average speeds or journey times through these locations but does have an impact on injury rates.” The number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads fell 23 per cent, from 3,018 to 2,324, between 20. But 2015 has seen a surge in road deaths, including a man killed by a lorry in Commercial Road yesterday and a motorcyclist — leading organist Nicholas Gale, 39 — in Kensington High Street on Tuesday.Mayor Boris Johnson wants 10,000 fewer road casualties by the end of the decade.
Deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring told the Standard: “Nearly 80 per cent of people killed or badly hurt are vulnerable road users — cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists.“We’re trying to focus much more on this group and what we can do to help them.