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Mixed messages for cycle safety in London

Transport for London's announcement of plans to complete 50 cycle-friendly junction improvements by the end of 2013 (including ten by the end of 2012) is very welcome. However, the Mayor's draft road safety strategy, launched the same day, is itself very much in need of a "cycle-friendly redesign".
Cyclists have clear priority at this junction in Copenhagen

75% of cyclists' injuries are at or near a junction, rising to 79% in London (see p14 of TfL's Cycle Safety Action Plan, PDF, 2.2MB).  There is also good evidence that reducing traffic speeds at junctions - whether by introducing traffic lights, or by making drivers turn more sharply as they enter and leave a junction - are highly effective ways to improve cycle safety.


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