All junctions on London's cycle superhighways to be reviewed

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A review of all junctions on London's cycle superhighways has been ordered following the deaths of two cyclists within a month.

The news comes as around 200 cycling campaigners held a vigil for the victims - Brian Dorling, 58, and a 34-year-old woman - at 18:00 GMT at the Bow Roundabout.

Mr Dorling, of Hounslow, was killed on 24 October while the woman cyclist died on 11 November.

Kulveer Ranger, Mayor Boris Johnson's director of environment, said London is seeing "unprecedented levels of cycling" and Transport for London (TfL) is looking into the issue of safety.

He said: "Work is beginning on how London gears up to move to the next level of cycling infrastructure and continuing to improve safety for cyclists.

"This includes a commitment from TfL to review all major schemes planned on TfL roads as well as to review all the junctions on the existing cycle superhighways.

"That work will include an assessment of Bow Roundabout, which TfL have been asked to report back to the mayor on as a matter of urgency."

'Unclear and difficult'

More details have also emerged about the recommendations made to TfL about the junction.

I have been given a document written by the Jacobs consultancy for TfL prior to the installation of Cycling Superhighway 2 (CS2).

It highlighted some problems cyclists could face, including "high traffic flows and speeds on Bow Roundabout" and the view that "continuation to and from the cycle route is unclear and difficult".

The recommendations about what should be done are very clear.

The document says Toucan crossings should be installed on the north and south sides of the roundabout.

And "off-carriageway cycle lanes" should be provided around the roundabout, to "encourage less confident cyclists to use the route".

Neither of these were acted on in the implementation of CS2. So someone made a decision to ignore the advice of TfL's own traffic consultants.

The document from the consultancy firm The January 2010 report highlights problems cyclists could face

The Greens on the London Assembly say they now want a clear and honest account of who made the decision not to proceed with these changes, and whether either the mayor's advisers - or mayoral direction - influenced the choices made.

The Greens made it clear, as I mentioned in a recent article, that they believe the smoothing traffic flow policy has affected the decision.

On Wednesday that was denied by Mr Johnson who said any decisions on this roundabout had not been referred to him.

Ashok Sinha, from the London Cycling Campaign, said: "These documents show that Transport for London were clearly advised by their own consultants, as well as the London Cycling Campaign, to provide safe signalised crossings and off-carriageway cycle lanes at Bow Roundabout.

"The mayor has to explain why these measures were not carried out.

"We are calling for an immediate re-design of the junction to reduce the road danger and prevent any more tragic deaths."

According to John Biggs, the Labour London Assembly member for City and East, we will know within a week the results of TfL's safety review of the junction.

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

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    Comment number 1.

    Whilst I agree with the proposed review, and appreciate the comments of the cyclists, I feel quite stongly that not enought cyclists realise that traffic laws also apply to them.

    Today, I have witnessed eight cyclists breaking red traffic signals, and two cycling the wrong way on a one-way street.

    I remember cycling proficiency courses for schoolchildren, maybe it is time to revise them.

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    Comment number 2.

    Can we inquire into who decided to ignore the recommendations of the consultants, and the reasons? If this were financial, as one may well suspect, then how should our blue sponsors feel about the blood on their tracks?
    Are they not portraying their values and very best of their community responsibility - in the widest sense - in undertaking such public works?
    What can we infer about this bank?

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    Comment number 3.

    "Work is beginning on how London gears up to move to the next level of cycling infrastructure"

    A first level would be nice. Paint is all very pretty, but it's not a great substitute for thought.

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    Comment number 4.

    Re:Cynic Al - Yes totally agree with you on that one, it is shocking the amount of cyclists who just ignore laws and nothing is done about them. The other day I nearly went into a cyclists who thought the law regarding having lights at night does not apply to bikes - believe it or not this was on the A49 near Ludlow - 60mph road with no streetlights even with my headlights I only just saw him.

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    Comment number 5.

    I drove on the M4 the other night. In the rain. 70mph speed limit. Was anyone at all doing under 70? Not a chance. Were people doing 90? plenty of them.

    Number of road deaths in the UK caused by cyclists: 3

    Number of UK pedestrian and cyclist deaths caused by cars: 782

    (2007 figures)

    Let's sort out the driving, first, shall we?


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