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Video: Aftermath of Bow Road cycle accident and comparison footage

Uploader says high quality cycle segregation needed

A cycle commuter has uploaded footage showing the moment when he happened upon a cyclist who had been knocked off his bike on the CS2 cycle superhighway on the 3rd of October. The video also features comparison footage of the same stretch of road on another day with the uploader keen to draw attention to its dangers

In the first part of the video, the uploader, sw19cam, happens upon the aftermath of an accident in which a fellow cyclist suffered a broken leg and concussion at the junction of Bow Road and Campbell Road after being hit by a van.

The second part then shows the same stretch of road a week later by way of comparison. Sw19cam cycles the route daily and says that while he had been shocked to see someone on the floor, he was also unsurprised.

Referring to the second part of the video, he said: “I regularly see bad situations arise there. The video is fairly typical.”

Sw19cam is highly critical of the road layout on this part of Bow Road and would like to see high quality cycle segregation.

“This is a typically bad part of Cycle Superhighway 2.  It offers zero protection for cyclists. It is merely blue paint within a lane. That's no benefit to us at all.”

There have been six deaths on CS2 since it opened in 2011 and last month, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that the route would be upgraded so as to be fully or partially separated from motor traffic by 2016.

Since then, Tower Hamlets and City of London have raised safety concerns, while RBS has joined dozens of businesses in pledging its support.

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