A dashboard camera has captured the moment a motorist who had nearly been in a collision with another vehicle shot across a Cycle Superhighway at London’s Bow Roundabout, narrowly missing two cyclists, before crashing into a road sign.
Video of the incident, which happened yesterday, was posted to the video-sharing website Liveleak, with the poster saying: “Friend's dash cam. Driver of the white vehicle was uninsured. Unclear if it was a terrible get away attempt or stupidity.”
One of the capital’s most notorious junctions, three cyclists have lost their lives at Bow Roundabout in recent years.
After the deaths of Brian Dorling and Svitlana Tereschenko three weeks apart in late 2011, Transport for London took steps to improve safety for people riding bikes through the junction, including early-start traffic signals. There is also now a kerb physically separating Cycle Superhighway 2 from the main carriageway.
In 2013, Venera Minakhmetova was killed when she was crushed by a lorry at the roundabout. Coroner Mary Hassell concluded that she had ridden through a red light, although the 24-year-old’s family maintained that she would not have done so since she was “always suspicious” of the junction.
The following year, cyclist Luke Redpath, whose commute took him through the roundabout, was told by TfL that nothing could be done about red light-jumping drivers endangering bike riders there because they had no record of any collisions there – even though Ms Hassell, who presided over the coroner’s inquest into Mr Dorling’s death, found that the driver of the lorry that killed him had gone through a red traffic signal.
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