Further safety improvements at Bow roundabout
Transport for London (TfL) is working with interested parties - including cycling, road user and safety organisations - to review and improve cycling provision at junctions.
Why We Are Consulting
As part of this work, we have developed proposals to further improve safety at Bow roundabout.
What we’re proposing and why
Bow roundabout is a key junction for cyclists travelling between central and east London.
Cycle Early Start
A cycle early-start would operate at the traffic signals on the westbound approach to Bow roundabout.
This would provide a dedicated green light to allow cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic before moving onto the roundabout.
A new mandatory cycle lane on the westbound approach would allow cyclists to get to the roundabout entrance without having to filter through traffic.
The early-start area would be 18 metres deep, so there's a clear space for cyclists in front of any traffic.
This cycle early-start would improve safety, due to the reduced risk of conflict between cyclists travelling straight ahead and vehicles turning left. It would also provide a quick and direct route through the roundabout for cyclists.
The eastbound early-start was completed in June 2012. Our provisional monitoring to date shows that the eastbound early-start has been effective in reducing the left turning conflict risk that it was designed to address. It also shows that the cycle lane on the approach is well-used, with significantly fewer cyclists using the footway than before. We will continue to monitor and analyse the operation of these facilities.
Cycle Bus Stop By-Pass
TfL is proposing to introduce a new cycle lane around the back of the bus stop on the approach to the roundabout to help cyclists get ahead of other traffic and reduce the risk of conflict between cyclists and buses pulling in and out of the bus stop.
To accommodate the new cycle lane, the bus lay by would be filled in so buses would stop on the carriageway instead. .
Please click here to see the map for further information on the proposals.
We continue to explore further improvements for cyclists and pedestrians as part of planned longer-term regeneration of the Bow area.
We intend to begin work at the roundabout in January 2013. We’ll write to residents and businesses nearer the time to advise on the timing and impact of construction work.