Aberdeen Cycle Forum calls for action on roundabouts

Aberdeen Cycle Forum calls for action on roundabouts

Cyclists in Aberdeen today called for action to improve safety at roundabouts. This call follows the tragic death of a cyclist at the Kings Gate/Anderson Drive roundabout last week.

Derek Williams, chairman of the Aberdeen Cycle Forum, said, ‘Large, multi lane roundabouts are the most dangerous part of the road network for cyclists yet they are unavoidable for many cycle journeys in the city. It is not reasonable to expect cyclists to cycle through these as part of their day to day journeys.’

The Cycle Forum lists the roundabouts on Anderson Drive, at the Beach Boulevard, either end of St Machar Drive, at the Queen Elizabeth bridge and Maberly Street as particular risk spots.
ACF is calling for the roundabouts to be replaced with signalised junctions or to have safe and convenient routes that cyclists can use to bypass them.

Derek added, ‘If the council is serious about encouraging more and safer cycling, then it has to make these junctions safe for cycling. The advent of the AWPR is the opportunity to make the city truly cycle and pedestrian friendly, but the planning has to start now.’