The Department for Transport has approved low-level traffic lights last week, marking a step towards safer streets for cyclists.

The eye-level traffic lights cannot on their own revolutionise dangerous junctions, of course, but they pave the way for early-start traffic lights for cyclists, which are common in the Netherlands.

East London’s notoriously dangerous Bow Roundabout, where a cyclist died in November, will see the lights’ first trial, before their extension to 11 further sites across London.

Matt Winfield, deputy director of Sustrans London, said:
“This is a great first step toward a more cycle-friendly city. We now need to see an early green-phase for cycles, as soon as we can, so that cyclists can clear junctions swiftly and avoid mixing with heavy traffic and large vehicles.”

Low-level traffic lights are being promoted among new safer road designs, including Dutch-style roundabouts, cycle-specific signage and two-stage right turns, which are also being trialled, as are bus-stop bypasses. In the capital 80 per cent of cyclist KSIs (killed or seriously injured) accidents occur at junctions.

This article was first published in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!