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Elephant, Waterloo and Vauxhall top the cycle collision league

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The Elephant & Castle, Waterloo and Vauxhall Cross all feature prominently in a new list of the London locations with the highest number of collisions involving cyclists.

Elephant, Waterloo and Vauxhall top the cycle collision league

The statistics – which cover 2008 to 2010 – were released by the Mayor of London in response to a question tabled by Val Shawcross, Labour London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark.

"These are on some of the busiest cycle routes in London and, as such, the number of collisions is generally proportionate to the number of cyclists in these locations," said Boris Johnson.

"No fatal collisions occurred at any of these locations and at least 85 per cent of the collisions at all ten locations resulted in slight injuries, which did not require hospital treatment."

Val Shawcross said: "TfL needs to pay much more attention to safety in its 'smoothing traffic flow'' programme and in managing its red routes."

The top 10 in full

1. Elephant & Castle northern roundabout
2. Clapham Road/Kennington Park Road/Camberwell Road Junction
3. Trafalgar Square
4. BFI IMAX roundabout at Waterloo
5. Bank junction in the City of London
6. Elephant & Castle southern junction
7. Hyde Park Corner
8. Junction of Lambeth Bridge and Millbank
9. Junction of Clerkenwell Road and Farringdon Road
10. Vauxhall Cross

The Mayor says that an alternative route for cyclists at the junction of St George's Road and London Road "was implemented ... as part of Cycle Superhighway 7". In fact the Elephant & Castle cycle bypass predates the Cycle Superhighways but the blue paint has served to make it better known.

The future road layout at the northern roundabout is still a point of contention between Transport for London, Southwark Council and Lend Lease, with the Mayor and TfL effectively ruling out the original plan to create a 'peninsula'.

At Waterloo the Mayor says that "plans are being developed to improve signage in this area in order to provide cyclists with information about safe routes to Waterloo Station that provide an alternative to navigating the roundabout at this junction."

Mr Johnson also says that measures for cyclists will be improved at Vauxhall Cross when Cycle Superhighway 5 is built. "CSH 5 will run through Vauxhall Gyratory on the A202 and will provide a safer route for cyclists," he said. "Planned improvements include new sections of cycle lane, blind spot visibility mirrors, and changes to traffic islands and kerblines to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety."

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