Videos show how Cycle Superhighway 2 could make cycling safer and more convenient

Transport for London has published a pair of videos showing how it expects people to use new cycling infrastructure on the Cycle Superhighway 2 extension that’s currently being built from Bow roundabout to Stratford High Street.

The first video (above) shows a two-stage right-turn, while the other (below) shows a cycle track bypassing a bus-stop.

Two-stage right turns and bus bypasses are solutions proposed by our Love London, Go Dutch campaign in 2012, and previously hardly seen in the capital, but these are poor implementations of those principles.

Two-stage right turn 

Two-stage right-turns (or left-turns if cars drive on the right) are commonplace in continental Europe, and mean cyclists don’t have to cross one or more lanes of motor traffic to turn from a cycle track/lane on the left side of the carriageway to a street on the right.

The junction in the video is the junction between Stratford High Street and Warton Road/Rick Roberts Way in East London, which you can see on google maps is a huge space.

It’s great there’ll be segregated tracks on Stratford High Street, but Warton Road/Rick Roberts Way aren’t minor roads (which is what they look like on the video above).

North and south of Stratford High Street, these streets have been expanded recently so there are two lanes entering the junction with Stratford High Street and two going out.

There will be no separate space for cycling on these ‘side’ streets, nor separate traffic-light phases. The only cycling facilities will be Advance Stop Lines, which have limited value in protecting cyclists.

There’s also a problem with the two-stage crossing facility itself, which involves the cyclist overshooting the junction, and then turning back on themselves to enter the ASL.

This is an overly complicated arrangement, which involves the cyclist mounting a pedestrian footpath, before entering an ASL in front of a stream of motor vehicles that could move at any time.

While the cyclist has avoided having to cross streams of fast-moving traffic on Stratford High Street, other conflicts have been created.

There’s also a strong possibility that cyclists will ignore the desired manoeuvre and instead move straight to the front of the ASL without looping around on the pavement.

That manoeuvre is sometimes called the 'Copenhagen left'. LCC has proposed that a 'London right' turn be provided for in many major road junctions.

The video also shows how cyclists will be able to use the dropped kerbs between Warton Road/Rick Roberts Way and Stratford High Street to avoid being delayed when making left turns on to Stratford High Street.

LCC would like to see this type of left turn by-pass included in all segregated cycle routes.

Bus-stop bypasses

Six bus-stop bypasses will be included on the extended portion of CS2, where the cycle track will be routed around the back of the bus stop.

There's been some concern from pedestrians that these create conflict with cyclists, but there are literally thousands of these in the Netherlands, and conflicts are extremely rare.

As shown people on bikes have to turn away where the track narrows and rises to pavement level. That is designed to slow bike traffic giving more protection for pedestrians.

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These are both so wrong, how can you make any claim to represent cyclists in London?

What is the point of saying they are wrong without saying why you believe they are wrong?

They are wrong because the 'two stage right turn' design is not Dutch. It isn't even Danish. The fact that they have obviously designed the junction to be used by "two different types of cyclists" and have used ASLs, clearly shows that they are not following Dutch design principles. The bus stop bypass isn't a great design either.

Ha ha, I thought that we were supposed to be making cycling safer for everyone, not making it inconvenient, unsafe and complicated. Here are just a couple of things I think are wrong: -Does it make cycling safe? Slightly; but not a great deal, it keeps people on bikes in traffic and advanced stop lines (which to my experience are unsafe and simple do not make cyclind through a junction any easier). Also, the confusing layout does not help with safety. -Will parents want there children cycling round here? I certainly wouldn't even want my parents cycling around here. -Does it make everyday people (not cyclists) want to cycle? Well I can tell you, I will not be using these designs. -Does it stick to the slogan? NO NO NO! Seriously? "Love London, Go Dutch" is the slogan, this is hardly the safe method of the superior dutch infastructure. -Does it solve conflicts? No, just creates more, with the ASL on the roght turn lane, there are still possible conflicts of te standard junction but then more created with pedestrians and when exiting the pavement into te ASL. -Will people use, or want to use it? My prediction: no The only thing okay here is the bus stop island. May I suggest looking at what works and visiting the Netherlands to see what is Dutch. The thing that does scare me, ALOT, is the fact that other parts of the UK will look at London as a role model and copy this design. I think we need to make TFL realise that this is neither dutch, nor what people want, it is the same story with what was proposed on this website some time ago with the parliament square and blackfriars junction.

LCC - As a member I'm really very disappointed by your response to this.  The two stage right turn in particular deserves nothing less than being absolutely slated.  Is an awful design and has nothing in common with Dutch or Danish design.

Please don't try to claim this or the bus stop bypass as successes for the 'Go Dutch' campaign which has otherwise been excellent.

We agree that the implementation of a two stage right turn by TfL as illustrated in the video is perverse and is likely to be ignored by most cyclists.   It is likely that they will make informal two stage turns copying the more formal turns the Danish and Dutch use.

Well-designed two-stage right turns are approved of by both Dutch and Danish authorities and are common in Denmark where cyclists are not supposed to turn left from the centre of the road.

Bus by-passes similar to those in Stratford High street are also used in both the Netherlands and Denmark. In Denmark cyclists would be expected to stop and give way to passengers going to and from the bus. In London there is far more bus travel than most other cities, resolving the issues around cycle tracks and bus stops will always be difficult.

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