Redbridge borough is not safe for cyclists

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Borough is not safe for cyclists Borough is not safe for cyclists

I was deeply shocked to hear about the death of a cyclist in Woodford last week, especially as I myself happened to be cycling nearby at the time and frequently use this route.

This incident, along with an accident at Charlie Brown's roundabout in which a cyclist was seriously injured just a couple of days later, has confirmed my worst fears about the dangers of cycling in Redbridge. The fact is that many main roads in the borough are not safe for cyclists and we need more segregated paths - many other boroughs are doing something about this, and Redbridge is lagging way behind.

To take the example of Woodford High Road - to cycle north on it through Woodford Green involves negotiating a large roundabout and several junctions where you have to change lanes in fast-moving traffic, simply not worth the risk. The cycle lanes at the side of the road are worse than useless. Also, at the junction where the fatality happened there is clearly an issue with speed, as pedestrians have been killed there as well.

I'm happy to say that both Wanstead & Woodford Friends of the Earth and Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party are calling for safer cycling in the area.

Meanwhile the London Cycling Campaign is asking candidates in the forthcoming local elections to back its goals for safer cycling, which include "protected space on main streets and through major junctions".

I would urge all those concerned about road safety to join us.

Robert Greenall, Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford member of Wanstead & Woodford Friends of the Earth

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9:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

livedheretoolong says...

This is not just a problem in Redbridge but a problem for the whole of London.
Charlie Brown's roundabout is frightening to even the most confident and experienced cyclist but in Waltham Forest there are several highly dangerous roundabouts. An example is Whipps Cross where vehicles approaching from the Woodford direction travel at very high speed and barely slow down when entering the roundabout.
For what its worth I personally find Redbridge safer to ride in mainly because Waltham Forest Council has a policy of reducing road widths on all main roads in the borough forcing cyclists to share the same space as motorists. Bakers Arms is now a nightmare for cyclists and it is just a matter of time before there is a serious accident or fatality. At least in Redbridge roads are wide enough to have cycle lanes.
WF Council is deliberately creating bottlenecks all over the borough to try and discourage motorists but all it is doing is to encourage rat running and high levels of driver aggression. Cyclists will always come off worst.
This is not just a problem in Redbridge but a problem for the whole of London. Charlie Brown's roundabout is frightening to even the most confident and experienced cyclist but in Waltham Forest there are several highly dangerous roundabouts. An example is Whipps Cross where vehicles approaching from the Woodford direction travel at very high speed and barely slow down when entering the roundabout. For what its worth I personally find Redbridge safer to ride in mainly because Waltham Forest Council has a policy of reducing road widths on all main roads in the borough forcing cyclists to share the same space as motorists. Bakers Arms is now a nightmare for cyclists and it is just a matter of time before there is a serious accident or fatality. At least in Redbridge roads are wide enough to have cycle lanes. WF Council is deliberately creating bottlenecks all over the borough to try and discourage motorists but all it is doing is to encourage rat running and high levels of driver aggression. Cyclists will always come off worst. livedheretoolong

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