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Safety boost for Camden cyclists as plans for first ever segregated cycle junction approved

13:35 01 April 2014

What the new 'left hook' junction could look like

What the new 'left hook' junction could look like

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A plan to help cut the number of cyclist collisions in Camden was given a boost as the council approved plans to create what is thought to be the country’s first segregated cycle junction.

The new proposals – set to be implemented at the Cobden junction outside Mornington Crescent Tube station – are designed to protect cyclists by building segregated lanes and implementing separate traffic signal systems for cyclists and vehicles.

It will allow cyclists to travel through the junction without fear of being hit by cars or lorries wanting to make left turns – known as “left hook” collisions – which were responsible for nine of London’s 14 cycling deaths last year.

Jean Dollimore, co-ordinator for Camden Cyclist Campaign, said the new measures show the borough is “leading the way” in cycle safety.

She said: “I hope it will be the first of many junctions to implement the designs. Camden has been a pioneering borough for cycling for a long time but there’s always more to do.

“I’m very pleased the council has taken the initiative with these plans.

“Camden isn’t a bad borough for cyclists but we do desperately need improvements like this.”

The plans will see one lane of traffic removed, cycle priority traffic signals installed and segregated lanes built.

The Richard Cobden Statue and POW Memorial will be moved to accommodate the new space, with cycle parking also installed.

The junction will also see pedestrian footways widened and new trees and benches added.

Cllr Phil Jones, cabinet member for sustainability, transport and planning, said: “Making our streets and spaces more attractive and safer for walking and cycling is a top priority for Camden and forms a key element of our proposals to transform Cobden Junction.

“New safety measures at the junction will include protected cycle lanes and traffic signals that allow cyclists to avoid conflict with turning vehicles. These changes will help prevent the ‘left hook’ problem that causes many collisions involving cyclists.”

The number of cyclists in Camden has grown by 70 per cent over the past six years and safety concerns have been high on the agenda after several deaths on London’s roads.

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