Transport for London (TfL) has told a London cyclist who complained about the danger posed by motorists jumping red lights at Bow Roundabout that its strategy and planning team is considering suggestions he made about how to improve safety there.
Last month, we reported how Luke Redpath, who has to negotiate the roundabout by bike when travelling to and from his home in Romford to visit clients in the City, had been told by TfL that they were unable to take measures he suggested such as fitting cameras to catch motorists ignoring red lights.
The reason they gave was that there was no history within the last three years of drivers going through red lights being a factor in collisions.
But as we pointed out in our article, that was found to have been a potential factor in the death in October 2011 of Brian Dorling, one of three cyclists killed at Bow in the last three years.
TfL has now told Mr Redpath, who had supplied it with links to videos shot by cyclists that showed drivers at Bow ignoring traffic signals, sometimes putting bike riders at risk, that his suggestions were now being looked at by its strategy and planning team.
It said they would “investigate deterrent options for drivers going through red traffic light at this junction.”
In his original email to TfL, sent on 10 September, Mr Redpath said: “I seriously urge you to take measures to reduce red light jumping at all the lights at the roundabout but particularly those on the roundabout itself.”
His suggestions included installing red light cameras, changing the phasing of the lights, and putting up signs warning both motorists and cyclists of the potential danger.
He added: “In an ideal world none of these things should be necessary but there are a lot of bad, dangerous drivers out there.”
TfL has also told him that Metropolitan Police officers will now be monitoring Bow Roundabout as part of Operation Safety, which aims to crack down on anti-social or illegal road users, whether motorists or cyclists, and including those who jump red lights.
Mr Redpath told road.cc: “I am pleased that TFL are taking steps to improve the situation although I remain sceptical that Operation Safeway is a good deterrent to his kind of problem, as it seems more focussed on handing out often patronising advice to cyclists (wear high-vis! etc) than actually engaging with or educating drivers. But it's a start.
“Maybe instead of handing out safety leaflets to cyclists, they could start giving them out to drivers instead,” he added.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.