In the wake of last week’s inquest into the death of Brian Dorking at Bow Roundabout, London Assembly member John Biggs has backed the coroner’s call for improved safety at the busy junction.
Coroner Mary Hassell said that 58-year-old Mr Dorling may have had “a false sense of security” due to the route, marked out by what a police officer giving evidence on Monday described as “just a piece of blue paint.”
Ms Hassall said she would record a narrative verdict. The details of her findings have not yet been released, but are likely to contain substantial criticism of Transport for London’s role in designing and building the Cycle Superhighway 2 bike route through Bow roundabout, despite warnings from engineers and police that it was not safe.
Mr Biggs, the London Assembly member for the City and East constituency, and Labour candidate for Mayor of the Borough of Tower Hamlets said that recent improvements including advanced stoping lines and extra lights had improved safety at the junction, but it still was not completely safe.
“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.”
Mr Biggs' office said he had repeatedly criticised TfL over the failure to redesign Bow roundabout, making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. He has met with TfL officials on a number of occasions to raise his concerns about the safety at Bow roundabout.
Despite the improvements to Bow roundabout and Cycle Superhighway 2, plenty of cyclists still choose to disregard the facility completely and ride over the flyover. It says something about the perceived safety of the junction that riders choose to use an elevated dual carriageway with no cycle lane in preference to a strip of blue paint at ground level.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.