Cycle safety was the hot topic of discussion behind closed doors in the Prime Minister's office at the House of Commons this week.
MP for Brentford & Isleworth Ruth Cadbury, also co-chair of the all party parliamentary group on cycling, was joined by three other MPs to talk to David Cameron about tackling the dangers of cycling in the aftermath of the recent death of a cyclist hit by a lorry in central London - the eighth to be killed on London roads this year.
During the brief 20-minute meeting, Mr Cameron expressed his worry over the current safety conditions for cyclists and agreed to ask the Secretary of State for Transport to explore measures to make roads safer for bike riders.
The suggestions made by Mr Cameron include looking at evidence from other cities which have some form of lorry ban; staggered light phasing at junctions; design improvements for construction vehicles; enforcement of mandatory lorry safety features; and improvements to roads and junctions for safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Ms Cadbury said: "The Prime Minister shared our concerns over the number of cyclists that have been killed and seriously injured by HGVs, mainly from the construction industry and I feel that he will now encourage ministers to seriously explore measures to reduce these incidents.
"I want to see more people cycling more often. In order for this to happen, people need to feel safe on the roads.
"These measures would only require a relatively small amount of money – but would save lives. And it requires leadership from central government."
Ms Cadbury was joined by Ben Bradshaw MP, Alex Chalk MP and Dr Sarah Wollaston MP at the meeting on Wednesday (July 15).
Mr Bradshaw, who first raised the issue during Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament, added: "Our major cities have a lamentable record both for levels of cycling and for cycle safety compared to those of our European neighbours, and it would take very little public investment to make a big improvement in the climate for cycling."
Dr Wollaston, who also chairs the Health Select Committee, added: "Six out of seven of the deaths in London have been women killed by construction lorries at junctions.
"It's so important that women are not deterred from cycling on safety grounds and there is far more that can be done to reduce the risks."
The MPs will be meeting with the Transport Secretary to discuss the issues in more detail.