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Safer Cycling Innovations

Transport for London commissioned TRL to undertake a range of off-street trials of innovative cycling improvements. These off-street trials looked at a range of options and based on analysis of the trials, decisions will be made as to whether or not they can be introduced on-street, subject to Department for Transport approval. To find out more about the trials themselves, click on the various links below.




  • Segregated Cycle Lanes

    Segregated cycle lanes within the carriageway can provide a safe and comfortable environment for cyclists, avoiding some of the disadvantages posed by fully off-road cycle tracks.

  • Dutch Style Roundabouts

    Large roundabouts can be intimidating for some cyclists as conflicts with other traffic can often occur, especially when the cyclist is turning right.

  • Low Level Cycle Signals

    Low level cycle logo signals are used widely in Europe, to provide signals closer to cyclists’ eye-level, and also to provide separate signal phases for cyclists at junctions.

  • High Level Cycle Signals

    Signal heads specifically for cyclists are widely used and outside of Great Britain all three aspects would have cycle logos fitted.

  • Ways of Turning Right for Cyclists

    Cyclists can face difficulties turning right at signalized junctions, having to cross traffic lanes and potentially getting caught between opposing streams of traffic.

  • Cycle Detection using Intelligent Transport Systems

    Since 2009, 28 cyclists have been killed in a collision with an LGV on London’s roads, with a large proportion of these collisions occurring when the goods vehicle was turning left.

  • Bus Stop Bypass

    A dedicated cycle lane which passes behind a bus stop creates a bus stop bypass, enabling cyclists to continue past a stationary bus away from the traffic lane and makes it possible to provide continuity for segregated cycle lanes.

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