Cyclist Deaths Spur London Mayor to Increase Protected Bike Lanes

Recent deaths along London's cycling "superhighway" have forced Mayor Boris Johnson to rethink how to protect users of the city's expanding cycling infrastructure from vehicle collisions.
November 8, 2013, 1pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"Johnson, formally opening the biggest segregated stretch so far of the capital's so-called 'cycle superhighway system', acknowledged that the existing network, launched in 2010 and mainly marked by just blue paint, needed improvement after a series of accidents in which riders have been crushed by lorries; including a death the previous night," reports Peter Walker. 

"The mayor's office has announced a major revamp of the existing cycle superhighway system, including segregated lanes on the section around Aldgate, east London, where one of the CS2 fatalities, 20-year-old Philippine de Gerin-Ricard, was killed in July. The upgrades will include the installation of 'cycle-separated' junctions, billed as the first of their kind in Britain, where cyclists will set off first on dedicated traffic lights before vehicle traffic is able to turn left, alleviating a major factor in serious cycling accidents in the city."

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Published on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in The Guardian
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