London Mayor to launch cycle superhighway between Stratford and Bow

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson - Credit: Archant

London Mayor Boris Johnson will be in Stratford tomorrow morning to launch the Barclays Cycle Superhighway between Bow and Stratford.

He will be joined at the junction of Stratford High Street and Great Eastern Road in Stratford by Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy CBE and Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan at the Superhighway. It is just under two miles long and features a raft of new features, including ‘bus-stop bypasses’ to help protect cyclists from traffic.

The Mayor will also unveil improvements to the existing Superhighway network, including how he proposes to address issues raised by the coroner in the recent inquests into the deaths of Brian Dorling and Philippine de Gerin-Ricard.

The announcement will form a key part of the Mayor’s ‘Vision for Cycling’, which was published in March and sets out how the Mayor and Transport for London are transforming cycling and improving cycle safety in the capital.

Mr Johnson’s flagship cycle superhighways were criticised by the police at the inquest last month into the death of cyclist Brian Dorling, 58, who died in October 2011 at Bow roundabout on one of the painted blue cycle lanes introduced in the last few years.

Mr Dorling, from Hounslow, west London, died after proceeding straight over the roundabout in Bow on a cycle superhighway as a lorry turned left.

Mr Dorling was using the Bow to Aldgate route to cycle to work in the Olympic Park. The inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court was told he and the lorry went through a red traffic light.

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The lorry driver David Cox, 49, was given a suspended six month sentence In July after admitting causing death by careless driving.

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