Bow roundabout should be first to benefit from Government’s new cycle safety rules

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The Government today announced new safety measures to protect cyclists. Local London Assembly Member John Biggs welcomed the move, urging Mayor of London Boris Johnson to ensure the new measures are introduced at Bow roundabout immediately.

John Biggs AM held a public meeting last week with residents about the safety concerns with Bow Roundabout and the Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) generally. The attached letter summarises the safety issues road users have with CS2 and suggestions for how to improve the route.

The Department of Transport announced today that rules concerning traffic lights, road junctions and street signs will be modified to favour cyclists. Eye-level traffic lights will be introduced as well as Dutch-style two-stage right turns to prevent cyclists having to cross several traffic lanes.

Local Labour London Assembly member, John Biggs AM, said:

“Today’s announcement from the Government is fantastic news for cyclists. We need to make sure that Boris implements these new measures, which will improve safety for cyclists, as soon as possible. We heard at my summit last week from people who use the Cycling Superhighway 2 that Bow roundabout needs urgent attention to be made safe and this should be at the top of the Mayor’s list.  Bow roundabout should be first to benefit from Government’s new cycle safety rules.

“I’ve written to the Mayor with safety concerns about CS2 and practical suggestions for how to improve it for all road users. CS2 is promoted by Transport for London as being a safer route for cyclists to use and this is unacceptable. We have a commitment from the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan that all of the major junctions will be redesigned and segregation will be introduced where possible.

“Everybody who uses the CS2 is impatient for change. Now the Government has finally allowed TfL to put in safety measures that protect the most vulnerable road users, Boris should not dilly dally.”

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