Search

Boris Johnson to urgently review Bow roundabout after double cyclist tragedy

13:06 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

09:38

Protesters picketed en mass last night’s budget meeting at Tower Hamlets Council as a £75 million raft of public service cuts was voted through.

London’s biggest beer garden is set to come to Mile End Park this summer as part of a German beer festival.

Yesterday, 18:00

The shocked family of retired Scotland Yard officer Brenda Khan who plunged 40ft to her death from Holborn Viaduct are calling for an inquiry into why she was able to walk out of her care home 30 minutes before, without being checked.

Yesterday, 14:47

A serving police officer in London has admitted in court to sexual offences with a child under 13.

Yesterday, 11:24

A petition calling on the government to stop the planned rise in Business Rate has been set up by traders and two local authorities in east London.

Tue, 17:36

Security at London’s second tallest tower seems to have taken a ‘dive’ after two young men managed to get into One Canada Square in Canary Wharf and climbed up to the very top.

Tue, 16:57

Two police officers “have a case to answer” for gross misconduct on duty over a delayed response to a 999 call when a woman was found hanged in London’s East End.

Tue, 08:52

Limehouse Link Tunnel has reopened after a large cement spillage led to an earlier closure.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

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