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Cycle Superhighway 2 to be upgraded

Transport for London are consulting on plans to upgrade Cycle Superhighway 2 which runs from Aldgate to Bow. The route has been criticised by the Senior Coroner in a Prevention of Future Deaths report following the deaths of 6 cyclists on this route. The road is exceptionally busy and on an average day 1200 lorries can be expected to travel along it, along with 2000 cyclists in each direction. The proposals in the consultation include:

  • Extensive kerb segregation between cyclists and other road users.

  • "Hold the left turn" design at main junctions which would hold left-turning traffic back whilst cyclists are allowed to continue onwards

  • Cyclists to get green light prior to other traffic

Jennifer Buchanan, of Fieldfisher, says: "These proposals are long overdue, for too long now the safety of this Cycle Superhighway has been ignored, with lamentable segregation of cycle lanes and those used by other road users. Blue paint segregation has not worked and give cyclists a false sense of security. It's about time that these proposals are now on the table and action is taken."

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