Saturday, 27 September 2014

Road users split over 'magic roundabout' which separates bikes from cars . . .


Road users split over 'magic roundabout' which separates bikes from cars

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Breakthrough: vehicles and cyclists travel in separate lanes

A breakthrough in cycle safety was unveiled today as work began to create the first fully segregated roundabout in London.

Cyclists and vehicles will be kept apart by using raised kerbs and separate traffic lights on the Queen’s Circus roundabout in Battersea.

The interchange is not notorious for collisions but Wandsworth council decided to make the improvements under plans to prioritise cycling and walking in the redeveloped Nine Elms area.

The roundabout is used by thousands of commuter cyclists each day as it lies on Boris Johnson’s cycle superhighway 8 that links Wandsworth and Westminster.

Use is expected to increase as former industrial areas of north Battersea are being transformed with the redevelopment of Battersea power station and the relocation of the US embassy.

The new roundabout, which will also be fitted with pedestrian crossings, is the first to attempt to keep cyclists and motorists fully segregated in London. Work is due to be completed next summer.

The proposed roundabout has received some support from cyclists online today.

Kevin Denihan said: "Great news for us cyclists. More of the same please."

Cycling group @citycyclists wrote: "Hmm. Intriguing. Plan for bike track around roundabout with traffic lights Battersea Park"

But others criticised its design, saying it was not "user friendly".

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