I don't understand what the proposal is, depsite reading the news article. I'd be grateful if anyone could explain.
Will this give priority to cyclists going in one direction whilst there's a green light for (all) traffic coming in another direction (i.e. it increases the "green light" time given to cyclists, but doesn't impact on the amount of "green light" time given to all other traffic), or will the priority green light for cyclists mean that there will be less "green light" time given to all other traffic?
I have had to use Blackfriars bridge in a car for the last few days and I am amazed by the number of cyclists at rush hour, though still a minority of road users. I do think something needs to be done to protect this form of sustainable transport, but I am convinced that we need to introduce mandatory cycle training/licensing after witnessing some appalling cycling. In fact I even witnessed a nasty cycle crash, no vehicles involved, just a melee of cyclists all going at different speeds and some clearly not looking while pulling out. Result a pile up of cyclists nearly causing a car pile up too. hopefully no-one was terribly hurt but it didn't look good. I wonder if cycles shouldn't be banned from Blackfriars Bridge completely and cars/vehicles banned from Southwark Bridge for cyclist only use as someone suggested in an earlier thread and I disagreed then, now I think it not such a mad idea!
London drivers don't stop at the red light. They stop when cars from another direction get in their way. This means more cyclists could be killed.
Someone nearly killed a cyclist earlier this evening at the junction by Borough tube by running the red.
This light phase thing will only work if they make it so that a red light means stop. Since there are no traffic laws in London I can't see that happening.
Strangely, drivers seem to stop at the red lights at the Elephant junction. It's weird. Do they feel watched? If this spookily unusual phenomenon could happen at Blackfriars then the cycle phase will be great.