TfL has unveiled what it says is “Britain’s first junction designed to avoid cyclists being hit by left-turning traffic”, and describes it as “the beginning of a new wave of such junctions on London’s busiest roads”.
At the new junction, on the upgraded Cycle Superhighway 2 at Whitechapel Road and Cambridge Heath Road, cyclists and turning motor traffic will move in separate phases, with left-turning vehicles held back to allow cyclists to move without risk, and cyclists held when vehicles are turning left.
There will also be a new ‘two-stage right turn’ to let cyclists make right turns in safety. For straight-ahead traffic, early-release traffic lights will give cyclists a head start.
TfL says around 85% of cyclist accidents happen at junctions, mostly involving turning traffic, and as such the new junction is designed to significantly cut the cyclist casualty rate.
The new junction will be the template for junctions to be introduced across London’s main road network in future.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said: “The innovations we’re using at Cambridge Heath are a fantastic taster of the raft of improvements that are coming down the track, ensuring that people can cycle safely and more confidently in our city.”
Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “London is leading the way in bringing safe cycling infrastructure to our streets.
“This innovative junction, conceived and designed by our in-house team of designers and engineers, is a key part of the mayor’s wider cycling vision.”
Videos showing how the new innovative measures at junctions work can be found by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling and clicking on "Transforming Cycling in London".