Search

Boris Johnson to urgently review Bow roundabout after double cyclist tragedy

PUBLISHED: 13:06 21 November 2011 | UPDATED: 17:22 21 November 2011

The scene at Bow Roundabout where a 34-year-old Ukrainian woman was killed

The scene at Bow Roundabout where a 34-year-old Ukrainian woman was killed

Archant

Boris Johnson has agreed to conduct an urgent safety review of Bow roundabout following the death of two cyclists there in three weeks.

The mayor of London has promised a review into all four cycle superhighways in the capital, which would include the East End junction.

A week ago on Friday a 34-year-old Ukrainian woman was killed at the roundabout after colliding with a tipper truck.

Less than a month earlier, 58-year-old cyclist Brian Dorling was killed in the same area after being struck by a lorry.

Protest group the London Cycling Campaign says it warned the mayor and TfL about the “woefully inadequate design” of the junction – which is part of one of Mr Johnson’s flagship Cycle Superhighway routes – last year.

Labour London Assembly member John Biggs had an emergency meeting with the mayor on Thursday.

Mr Biggs, who has campaigned about the roundabout for two years, said: “It is important that they look into this as a matter of urgency. All parties need to work together to find a solution and do all we can to avoid any more tragedies on our roads.”

Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets, is now also calling on Mr Johnson to take “immediate action”.

The council had also brought up safety issues at the spot before the deaths, he said.

Mr Rahman added: “In discussions with Transport for London our safer alternatives at Bow Roundabout were rejected on the grounds of traffic capacity.”

Kulveer Ranger, director of environment, said there would be a “commitment from TfL to review all major schemes planned on TfL roads as well as to review all the junctions on the existing cycle superhighways.”

He added: “That work will include an assessment of Bow roundabout, which TfL have been asked to report back to the mayor on as a matter of urgency.”

On Friday a candle-lit vigil organised by London cycling groups was held close to where the cyclists were killed.

Latest East London News Stories

25 minutes ago

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Yesterday, 15:58

Children traded the classroom for curation when they took over the Museum of Childhood for the day.

Yesterday, 14:27

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Whitechapel who cooked the books in a tax swindle has been given a suspended jail sentence and a hefty fine.

Yesterday, 11:33

Bookworms, comedy fans and music lovers can enjoy a free event taking place in the borough today and tomorrow.

Yesterday, 07:00

Driverless cars and buses are set to become a common sight in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Thu, 21:04

Two men have been found guilty of killing a 60-year-old man in his Bow Common home after he wouldn’t help them to rob a drug dealer.

Thu, 15:01

Four NHS employees have abandoned razors for a month to support a health campaign.

Thu, 11:03

Bus passengers will be able to make as many journeys as they like within an hour for just £1.50 next year.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now