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Accident blackspot chosen to trial traffic signal priority for cyclists

Transport for London is to implement what is believed to be the UK’s first ‘early start’ traffic light priority system for cyclists at a roundabout in East London.

Traffic signals will give cyclists a few seconds headstart over other traffic moving onto the Bow roundabout where two cyclists have recently died in collisions with left-turning goods vehicles cutting across their path.

TfL says the early start system will reduce the potential for conflict between cyclists...

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13 Apr 2012

Good news but there was a UK precedent in Oxford. For many years, at the Parks Road/Broad Street junction (outside the King's Head pub) there are two stop lines and two sets of traffic lights, just a few metres apart, with cyclists only allowed to queue at the more advanced set, from where they were released on green slightly before motor traffic at the second line. I believe the purpose of the scheme was to provide the same function that an advanced stop box/line, but this more complex solution had to be used as advanced stop facilities without light enforcement were not a legal option in highway management terms at that time.

Due to the limited distance between the two lines, the engineering/signing being very subtle, and the fact it was the only case of this type (as far as I know), many motorists didn't appreciate/understand there was anything special about the junction and simply queued at the advanced line/traffic light.

I have just checked on Google Earth and it has at some point been converted to a conventional advanced stop facility, which makes sense now this is a traffic management option.