London’s Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) has been described as “an accident waiting to happen” by a coroner looking into the death of a cyclist heading to work.
Brian Dorling tragically lost his life on October 24, 2011 after he was struck by a left-turning tipper truck at Bow roundabout.
Coroner Mary Hassell said: “It just seems to me that it’s an accident waiting to happen if cyclists are guided into the space where blue paint is on the left and they’re in the very place where the lorry is going to hit them.”
Campaign warned about risk
Accident investigator PC Alex Hewitt gave his views on what legal protection cyclists had in the blue cycle lane. “Legally nothing,” he said. “It’s just a piece of blue paint.”
The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) said it raised concerns about CS2 back in 2010 and suggested the western section between Bow roundabout and Aldgate should be revamped.
LCC spokesman Mike Cavenett told BikeRadar: “The quote that it’s an accident waiting to happen is something LCC’s been saying for years – before the Superhighway route was put through a very dangerous roundabout and what [remained a] very dangerous roundabout after it was installed.”
Bow roundabout potential “game changer”
Cavenett believes future transport planning cannot fail to be affected by the deaths of Dorling, 34-year-old Svitlana Tereschenko and French student Philippine de Gerin-Ricard, all in the same area.
“There’s a feeling among campaigners that Bow roundabout may well be a game changer in the sense that it sent some shockwaves through planning authorities in London and they realised they made mistakes.
“These things change slowly but we think they’ll find it difficult to ignore this warning in the future,” he added.
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Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown