Cycling is a safe way of getting around London but comes with risks at certain times and in certain places, MPs have been told.
Speaking to the House of Commons Transport Committee, London Cycling Campaign chief executive Ashok Sinha said cyclists are safe in the capital as long as they take due care and attention.
But he said there are some places and times when cyclists are not as well protected as they should be.
Mr Sinha's advice to cyclists is to keep cycling in London but be aware of the dangers that do exist in some circumstances.
The committee, gathering evidence after six deaths of cyclists on the streets of London in just two weeks, heard poor infrastructure and bad driving represent the greatest dangers in the capital.
MPs are due to hear from cycling commissioner and journalist Andrew Gilligan on Tuesday and transport minister Robert Goodwill on Wednesday.
The latter got on his bike in London last week and admitted his journey had good and bad parts.
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