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False sense of security at 'Cycle Superhighways'

A report into two deaths on London's blue 'Cycle Superhighways' has set out the concerns of the Coroner. The highways are one of Boris Johnson's flagship policies.

The inquests heard evidence into the death of Brian Dorling, who died at Bow roundabout, and Philippine De Gerin-Ricard, who died on a Boris Bike outside Aldgate East tube station. Both cyclists died after being hit by HGVs.

The Coroner's report said:

  • Cyclists wrongly assume (as Mr Dorling may have done) that they have priority, and are lulled into a false sense of security
  • It seems that, despite the efforts already made, more work could usefully be undertaken to educate cyclists (and motorists) about safer riding techniques
  • Junction of Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Street in London E1 (where Ms de Gerin-Ricard sustained her fatal injuries) remains difficult to negotiate

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