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Cyclists Call For Action At Woolwich Roundabout

Cyclists in London are calling on Transport for London (TfL) to take action to make a roundabout in Woolwich safer for those on bikes after a cyclist died there earlier this month following a collision with a lorry.

News Shopper reported on the accident, which saw 37-year-old Edgaras Cepura lose his life after he was hit by a lorry on the Woolwich Road roundabout near the Blackwall Tunnel while on his bike.

Local residents are frustrated because the roundabout had been earmarked for cycle safety improvements, but after previous mayor Boris Johnson split the Cycle Superhighway 4 plan into four separate schemes the junction was no longer prioritised.

A petition in East Greenwich has been launched, with residents calling for the roundabout to be included in Sadiq Khan’s Safer Junctions programme.

Despite only launching on 26 May, the petition had gathered over 500 signatures within just a few days.

Councillor Aiden Smith said that the council has been fighting for improvements to be made here to make it safer for those on two wheels.

“This junction must be made safer for cyclists and we will continue to fight for this until it happens,” he stated.

Of course, cyclists themselves will want to make sure they’re doing everything possible to stay safe on the capital’s streets. That may involve investing in new high-visibility vests, or cycling on routes frequently used by others on bikes.

Research published earlier this month found that the roads in London with the highest level of cycling traffic were actually the safest for those on two wheels. 

Written by Ad Rank One at 05/06/2018

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