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Dutch-style roundabouts headed for London

Dutch-style roundabouts could soon be introduced in London in a bid to improve cyclist safety, London’s cycling commissioner has said. The roundabouts are designed to include special kidney-shaped ‘lozenges’ that physically segregate bicycle traffic from other motorists, giving bikes their own lane in which to negotiate the roundabout.

The Dutch roundabouts could theoretically reduce the likelihood of collisions. They give cyclists priority when entering and leaving the roundabout and make it easier for cars and heavy goods vehicles to see cyclists and predict their direction of travel.

A trial of the Dutch roundabout system is currently taking place at a research laboratory in Berkshire. There, they will monitor the effectiveness of the layout, as well as the impact it has on pedestrians, lorries, cars and van drivers. So far more than 600 people have taken part in the study, which will end in July. Members of the public are welcome to take part.

Andrew Gilligan, London’s cycling commissioner, said: “We’ve got a cycling budget of £913m over 10 years and it includes £100m to refit junctions.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this [roundabout] on the road. I think it’s going to be fantastic for cyclists.”

Should the trial prove successful, Transport for London will work with the Department for Transport to implement the roundabouts on the public road.

122 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads in 2012, the highest the figure has been for five years. Of the 122 deaths, 106 happened following a collision with a motor vehicle. In 61 cases, a car was involved, while Lorries and HVGs were involved in 25, vans in ten, coaches or buses in five, taxis in three and motorbikes in two.

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