Has 'speed over safety' made Bow roundabout dangerous?

 

Mrs Dorling says her husband Brian was an extremely experienced cyclist.

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This is an interview I did this morning with Debbie Dorling.

Her husband Brian died on 24 October when he collided with an HGV on the Bow roundabout.

She told me she thinks there is a design fault with the cycling superhighway at that roundabout.

Her 58-year-old husband was an extremely experienced cyclist and worked on the Olympic Park.

Mrs Dorling, from Hounslow, west London, also thinks Transport for London (TfL) is effectively encouraging cyclists to use a route which is extremely dangerous.

She wants sensors on all HGVs and claims TfL has chosen speed instead of safety at that junction.

Kulveer Ranger, the mayor's director of environment, says he is looking at that junction specifically to see if improvements can be made.

 
Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 1.

    Sadly the blue cycle super highways are a waste of blue paint - they're not enforced, traffic just enters them and sometimes it's actually dangerous to follow them. It seems like they're designed and built by people who've never ridden a bike. Other cities manage to have enforced cycle lanes and safe junctions. I cycle in London and I'm fed up of my safety being put in danger by TFL and the Mayor.

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    Comment number 2.

    It's not just bad for cyclists. Try walking round it without getting run over. I put this on my blog in June.

    http://anonw.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/the-new-bridge-at-the-bow-interchange/

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    Comment number 3.

    it gets worse. just up the road in leytonstone, the council have removed a cycle lane on one side of the road, prefering to allow more car parking. this whole situation just means more cyclists and pedestrians will be killed. I use these roads every day on my bike, and I dont want to end up another statistic leaving a wife and children with the same devastation that Mrs Dorling has experienced.

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    Comment number 4.

    The 'improvements for the superhighways are in many cases ill conceived. Especially left turns have been made MORE DANGEROUS, such as on the junction at Kennington Oval going South. The superhighway goes straight ahead left of the main traffic flow across the lights and cars cross over the highway to turn left. I now go in the middle of the car lane, so that I can't be missed by cars!!

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    Comment number 5.

    If you think these lanes are too dangerous to use, why take the risk and use them then, TfL might be encouraging you to use them but they're not saying you have to use them by law. If TfL encouraged you to stick your head in an unlit switched on gas oven and light a match would you? Never mind whether TfL think it's safe, cyclists are supposed to use their own judgement not rely on someone else.

 

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