East End hits the list of top 8 cycling horrors

CycWhitmore: Cyclist at Whitmore-Hyde junction Hoxton/Haggerston Hackney 220815 © david.altheer@gmail.com

ONE OF BRITAIN’S most dangerous road junctions is in Hackney. The intersection of Whitmore and Hyde roads at Hoxton N1 5J, above, has been identified in a survey that found eight blackspots where cyclists were being injured every few weeks.

Equally dangerous is Mile End Road in Tower Hamlets borough, but the worst was the junction of Stratford High Street and Warton Road, paradoxically close to where cycling was given a huge boost by the popularity of cycling during the 2012 London Olympics.

Ten cyclists were injured at or near that junction. A raised kerb used to separate cyclists from traffic ended at the junction, leaving riders in danger from turning vehicles.

The interactive maps showing these details, published this week as part of the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign, show that 75 per cent of all cycling injuries recorded last year happened within 30 metres of a junction or roundabout.

The Department for Transport reveals that in England and Wales last year 2014, 113 cyclists were killed and 21,287 injured, the worst result since 1999.

GLA cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan leads CS1 (cycle superhighway1) preview for Hackney People on Bikes 170315 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Hackney cyclists try a new route with London cycling tsar Andrew Gilligan, left

Roger Geffen, of the Cyclists’ Touring Club, said maps highlighted the need for greater safety and priority for cyclists, especially at junctions.

Hackney Central Ward councillor and cycling proponent Vincent Stops told Loving Dalston: “I find the media’s focus on the road safety of people using one mode objectionable.

“Of course, cycling collisions are important. But all lives are equally valuable, whichever form of transport the person was using.

“Why no stories of motorcycle deaths on London’s roads, for example?”

David Altheer 220815

* Main picture: the latest version of the Whitmore-Hyde junction, photographed this week. The accident figures raise doubts about its effectiveness

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Kevin Harrison sculpture at junctn (before remodelling) Hyde and Whitmore rds Hoxton/Shoreditch 060410 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Traffic shake-up: the Kevin Harrison sculpture was moved to Hyde and Whitmore

* Backstory: Statuesque intersection given a replacingTrack to the future; Cyclists demand separate routes ; Dodgy Dalston junction makeover 

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One thought on “East End hits the list of top 8 cycling horrors

  1. Not at all surprised to read that the intersection of Whitmore and Hyde roads is a danger spot. Though the removal of the roundabout has in many ways greatly improved the area, the new junction is badly designed.

    Cars travelling along Hyde Road often travel straight across this junction without stopping to give way. I believe it is unclear that Whitmore Road has the right of way here. I say this from experience of almost coming a cropper on more than one occasion.

    I now know to treat this bit of road with extreme caution. For anyone unfamiliar, it is a real danger.

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