Large mirrors to go up on East End cycling route to reduce deaths

Large mirrors are to be put up along a key cycling route in the East End to try to reduce the number of cyclists killed by lorries.

The “Trixi” mirrors will be erected between Bow and Aldgate over the next few weeks.

They will be fitted beside traffic lights so lorry drivers can spot cyclists on the inside of their vehicles – a notorious blind spot.

Accidents involving cyclists hit by large vehicles turning left are a common occurrence on London roads.

The decision by Transport for London to use the mirrors came after a six-month trial on two superhighway cycling lanes.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The mirrors have been well-received by HGV drivers and cyclists, and the Department for Transport has now granted approval for TfL to install them on all future Barclays Cycle Superhighways.”

A total of 54 mirrors are being put up between the Bow and Aldgate route and also between Wandsowrth and Westminster.