Traffic lights for cyclists are to be introduced in London under plans to improve safety on the Capital’s streets (London Evening Standard).
Transport for London (TfL) has pledged to test the Dutch-style lights, which will be at eye-level and could be staggered to give bikes a head start.
Nine cyclists have died on London’s roads this year, but riders claim that giving them a dedicated traffic phase at major junctions could help to reduce accidents.
TfL is holding talks with the Department for Transport (DfT) about installing the equipment as it would require a law change. But Leon Daniels, managing director for surface transport, suggested that TfL would press ahead with a trial regardless.
The bike traffic lights, which could feature a green light with a bicycle logo rather than the existing ‘all traffic’ signals, are currently used in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Spain and the US.
In the Netherlands, the traffic signals are found on segregated cycleways, but also at busy junctions. The signals can be staggered to allow bikes to cross the junction first or programmed to work in waves so that cyclists don’t need to stop at every set of lights.
There is some evidence that the bike traffic signals could reduce accidents as they mean cyclists are less likely to ‘run’ red lights.
Gerhard Weiss, of the London Cycling Campaign, said: “This would be a good idea but it must be led by demand. We wouldn’t want putting signals everywhere to be seen as a solution to the safe cycling problem. It’s not quite as simple as that.”
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