More than a 100 cyclists rode around King’s Cross gyratory to protest against the new road layout designs that do not protect the safety of the cyclers much. Two cyclists had died in the cycle lanes that are not present at the junction of five motor lanes through which even construction Lorries and buses pass.
According to a London Cycling Campaign spokesperson, the transport in London will fade the gyratory away in the next 10 years. In many places of TFL’s design of the roads, many motor traffic lanes have been turned into protected cycle lanes but at the junctions of roads, they disappear altogether. In some places the cyclists have to take a detour by getting on to the pavement.
Gyrators were built in 60s or 70s to make lots of traffic to move without the use of traffic lights and also avoid accidents. But with the presence of busses and pedestrians, it becomes a futile design.
Andrews Smith, a protester who travels 50km by bike every day says that the road designs are not good for cyclists. He says that on this road to work there has been four accidents since the start of the year. According to him the design made by TFL is absolutely inadequate.
A biomedical lab assistant Helen Clarkson had read James Grower’s speech and she said that she also travels across London every day but she avoids King’s Cross although it makes her trip short because she prefers quieter streets with narrow and segregated lanes for cycles.
The director of Road Space Management at Transport for London (TFL) Alan Bristow said that to provide the cyclists with improved safety, they will begin construction at King’s Cross later on this year which are going to take about six months to be completed.