The UK’s first eye-level cycle traffic lights have been installed on the Bow Interchange in East London. The roundabout has been the scene of several accidents resulting in the death or serious injury of cyclists in recent years.
Although not currently operational, engineers spent Sunday afternoon installing and testing the lights, just long enough for Londonist to take a few pictures and give a sneak preview of what those on two wheels can expect in the coming weeks.
In December last year, Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at Transport for London said:
Low level cycle signals are commonplace in certain parts of Europe and we are keen to make them commonplace in London. These new signals, which will be a further improvement to the innovative traffic signals at Bow, will provide cyclists with a better eye-level view as to which stage the traffic signals are at.
In 2012, traffic signals specifically for cyclists were introduced to the notorious junction; however, introducing eye-level lights will now allow cyclists to see the signal without craning their necks.
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