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Assembly Member repeats calls for cyclist protection at Bow roundabout

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2013

A London Assembly Member has backed a coroner’s call to improve safety for cyclists at the busy Bow roundabout interchange.

City and east London representative John Biggs demanded more protection for riders after fears over the adequacy of the blue ‘cycle superhighway’ at the junction were raised in two separate inquests at Poplar Coroner’s Court this week.

Coroner Mary Hassell made the warnings during the inquests of Brian Dorling, who died two years ago at Bow roundabout, and French student Philippine Degerin-Ricard who died earlier this year on the route in Whitechapel High Street.

Mr Biggs said measures had already been adopted to improve cyclist’s safety at the junction.

But he added: “The roundabout will still not be safe until more changes are made, for example by introducing safe crossing facilities for pedestrians too.

“This would help cyclists by extending the times when motor vehicles are not passing through the junction.”

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