Mayor must explain why consultants’ recommendations to make Bow roundabout safer were rejected

Transport for London received clear advice from Jacobs Consultancy that Bow roundabout must be made safer for cycling more than a year before the two recent deaths took place at the junction.

The recommendations, contained in a Cycle Superhighway Implementation Plan (CHIP), state that traffic signals specifically for cyclists and pedestrians (toucan crossings) and separate cycle tracks should be installed. 

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “Documents show that Transport for London was clearly advised by its transport consultants, as well as by 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’re calling for an immediate redesign of the junction to reduce the road danger and prevent any more tragic deaths.”

LCC advised TfL of the dangers of the junction in 2009, well before any consultation on proposed designs took place, and we also contributed to the consultants’ report, which recommended toucan crossings and off-carriageway lanes should be provided.

LCC also wrote to TfL in February 2011, after seeing the designs for the Cycle Superhighway, to highlight that the Bow roundabout still posed a serious danger to cyclists and must be addressed.

Family and friends of recent Bow victim Brian Dorling will unite with local cycling groups tonight at a 6pm vigil at the roundabout in memory of the two recent deaths.