Protecting cyclists at junctions (2)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that the failure to give cycle lanes (both on road and off road) additional priority when they go across junctions increases the dangers they face? Will you provide extra funding to enable Transport for London and the boroughs to give cycle lanes extra protection at junctions and to stop cars and other vehicles turning straight across them?


Answer for Protecting cyclists at junctions (2)

Answer for Protecting cyclists at junctions (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to doing all we can to address the risk to cyclists at junctions. This was highlighted in my Vision for Cycling and is essential for meeting our objectives of providing safer streets for the bike and more people travelling by bike.

The consultation draft of TfL's London Cycling Design Standards (June 2014) states that "cycle lanes and tracks should enjoy priority over turning traffic" and gives advice and guidance on how that priority may be more clearly demonstrated visually and by use of appropriate physical measures and road markings. Funding that TfL is providing to boroughs for Quietways, mini-Hollands and LIP schemes requires them to follow LCDS guidance.

Road user priority is a matter for national legislation, regulations and guidance. It is already established by rule 183 of the Highway Code that, when turning, motorists should give way to other road users, including cyclists in a nearside cycle lane. TfL has been lobbying for an update to the Highway Code to make it even clearer about the need to give way to cyclists and pedestrians when turning. Action 3.3.8 in the Cycle Safety Action Plan commits TfL to continuing to work with the Department for Transport and Cycling England to clarify advice to road users on priority at junctions.

At some major junctions, such as those on the north-south and east-west cycle superhighway schemes, now out for consultation, TfL is proposing to use traffic signals and physical separation for cyclists to remove the conflict with turning motor vehicles.