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.
“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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