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Boris’s £290m plan to make cycling safer

Posted at 6:30 pm, February 26, 2014 in Transport
Brian Dorling's Ghost Bike at Bow Roundabout

Do you want to be able to cycle around London carefree but roundabouts and junctions scare the bejesus out of you? Well you’re not alone. With Bow roundabout and the gyratory at Elephant and Castle topping not only scare lists but also being the setting of a number of cyclist fatalities, London is nowhere close to cites such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen at being cycle safe.

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Boris Johnson announced today a plan to invest £290 million into making 33 of London’s most unfriendly roundabouts and junctions safer. The plan includes segregated cycle lanes and a redesign to signalling systems giving cyclists and pedestrians priority.

Mr Johnson, said: ‘These road junctions are relics of the ’60s which blight and menace whole neighbourhoods. Like so much from that era, they’re also atrociously designed and wasteful of space. Because of that, we can turn these junctions into more civilised places for cyclists and pedestrians, while at the same time maintaining their traffic function.’

Aldgate, Archway, Swiss Cottage, King’s Cross, Vauxhall and Wandsworth are among the gyratories that will be improved. Jude Brosnan

For a larger map of locations set to benefit from the cycling infrastructure improvements see here.

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