First London roundabout completely separating cyclists unveiled in Battersea

There will be segregated cycle lanes controlled by traffic lights

There will be segregated cycle lanes controlled by traffic lights

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This is the first glimpse of an innovative new £2.4m roundabout which will be the first in London to completely separate cyclists and vehicles.

Work is starting this week on a redesign of the Queens Circus Roundabout, next to Battersea Park, which will separate cyclists from other traffic.

Wandsworth Guardian:

The notorious roundabout has been the scene of numerous traffic collisions involving cyclists.

The new scheme has been developed by Wandsworth Council, Transport for London (TFL) and the Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC).

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Transport spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: “This is an innovative design and we expect it will be the first major roundabout in London which separates cyclists from other traffic in this way.

“There will be segregated cycle lanes and the points at which riders cross the road will be controlled by traffic lights to avoid any potential conflict. We hope this will be a blueprint others can follow.

“We’re able to provide extra space for the cycle lanes by reducing the size of the roundabout’s central island. This means the space for other traffic is maintained and overall traffic can be better managed through this busy junction.”

The changes are part of a transformation in Nine Elms and in anticipation of a huge increase in population.

The project is set to finish in summer 2015.

The roads will remain open for the majority of the project but there will be temporary traffic lanes, pavement closures and changes to bus stops.

The roundabout will cost the council £2.4m but will also use funds provided by developers in the area.

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2:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

alroutemaster says...

Expensive and pointless; they'll still cycle on the pavements, ignoring red lights and injuring pedestrians.
Expensive and pointless; they'll still cycle on the pavements, ignoring red lights and injuring pedestrians. alroutemaster
  • Score: -1

9:18pm Wed 20 Aug 14

buggsie says...

Hate to tell you that if it takes them longer to get round they wont use it. Cyclists have their own route round the roundabout at Wandsworth Bridge and we still find them 'under our wheels' and not using their special way - because it takes them longer - sad really - rather be dead than take the safe route.
Hate to tell you that if it takes them longer to get round they wont use it. Cyclists have their own route round the roundabout at Wandsworth Bridge and we still find them 'under our wheels' and not using their special way - because it takes them longer - sad really - rather be dead than take the safe route. buggsie
  • Score: -1

9:00am Thu 21 Aug 14

dobsieuk says...

As a non-driver, but observant pedestrian, I can't see any cyclist waiting at a red light if nothing is coming through the green!
As a non-driver, but observant pedestrian, I can't see any cyclist waiting at a red light if nothing is coming through the green! dobsieuk
  • Score: 4

11:27am Thu 21 Aug 14

Mind the gap says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Expensive and pointless; they'll still cycle on the pavements, ignoring red lights and injuring pedestrians.
please crawl back under your stone.
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Expensive and pointless; they'll still cycle on the pavements, ignoring red lights and injuring pedestrians.[/p][/quote]please crawl back under your stone. Mind the gap
  • Score: 1

11:36am Thu 21 Aug 14

Mind the gap says...

buggsie wrote:
Hate to tell you that if it takes them longer to get round they wont use it. Cyclists have their own route round the roundabout at Wandsworth Bridge and we still find them 'under our wheels' and not using their special way - because it takes them longer - sad really - rather be dead than take the safe route.
The quickest and safest route for me is to use the roundabout at Wandsworth. My approach is to cycle to the front of the lane and wait in the ASL. This allows motorists to clearly see me. I then take the middle lane in my direction of travel and clearly signal my intentions. This method has served me well and I have no intention of changing it, so if I hold you up by a matter of seconds well then that's just tough.

Only had one incident in 10 years where some motorists took exception to me and attempted to run me off the road then proceeded to drive after me in the bus lane down York Road. I don't recall there being any cyclist killed on the roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Hate to tell you that if it takes them longer to get round they wont use it. Cyclists have their own route round the roundabout at Wandsworth Bridge and we still find them 'under our wheels' and not using their special way - because it takes them longer - sad really - rather be dead than take the safe route.[/p][/quote]The quickest and safest route for me is to use the roundabout at Wandsworth. My approach is to cycle to the front of the lane and wait in the ASL. This allows motorists to clearly see me. I then take the middle lane in my direction of travel and clearly signal my intentions. This method has served me well and I have no intention of changing it, so if I hold you up by a matter of seconds well then that's just tough. Only had one incident in 10 years where some motorists took exception to me and attempted to run me off the road then proceeded to drive after me in the bus lane down York Road. I don't recall there being any cyclist killed on the roundabout. Mind the gap
  • Score: 1

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