Trixi mirrors will not stop road deaths says new research

The Institute for Road Safety Research in The Netherlands has found that blind spot roadside mirrors (known as Trixi mirrors) do not have a significant impact on the number of collisions between trucks and cyclists at junctions.

They state that the solution is “a structural separation of trucks and cyclists.” It is this structural separation that we need throughout the King’s Cross gyratory system.

The excellent Cyclists in the City blog has reported that the Trixi mirror solution currently being promoted for London’s roads is just “a sticking plaster” that may have a brief temporary effect when first implemented due to launch publicity, but that effect wears off quite quickly leaving roads not designed for safety as perilous as before.

Transport for London has stated they will work with Camden and Islington councils to review the notorious King’s Cross gyratory in 2012, aiming to making it safe for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles. Lessons like that recently learned in The Netherlands need to be included in the TfL review to maximise much needed positive outcomes.

The recent tragic death of Deep Lee (Min Joo Lee) occurred as a result of a lorry colliding with her bike on exactly the type of junction that so needs attention. It has long been recognised that removal of the King’s Cross gyratory is the only possible way to really make our local roads safe.

Combined with physically separated cycle lanes such as those implemented by Camden Council at Torrington Place as a result of lobbying by Camden Cyclists, this redesign of the outdated King’s Cross traffic system is long, long overdue. Let’s not be tempted by sticking plaster solutions.



About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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3 Responses to Trixi mirrors will not stop road deaths says new research

  1. Andy Elvers says:

    I think there has to be a touch of realism here. Kings Cross is a cross roads (hence its name) and is also on the edge of the congestion charging zone. By definition a lot of traffic (including buses and taxis) goes through the area. All these requirements have to be met and considered in balance. However that does not mean things could not be done a lot better.

    One aspect that would help would be to open up the south – westerly side of the Euston Rd from 2 lanes to 3. This would relieve traffic and Congestion that builds up at the top of Grays Inn Rd and on Kings Cross Bridge. I’ve never understood the reasoning behind this pinch point.

    One thing that will be most welcome is the impending opening up of Goods Way to 2 way traffic at the end of January. At the moment its either the Euston Rd or Agar Grove to get across in an Easterly direction.

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  3. So, the Dutch research shows Trixi mirrors to be ineffecttive. OK, That’s the research. However, the conclusion at the end of the blog post here that “physically separated cycle lanes such as those implemented by Camden Council at Torrington Place” will solve the problem (and see photo linked from those words) is not based on that research. Furthermore, such cycle lanes do not physically separate cyclists from turning motor vehicles, and July 24, 2012. a cyclist died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in a collision with a heavy goods vehicle in precisely this type of installation (OK, mirror image, as North American traffic keeps to the right). See, which describes how that crash occurred and suggests other solutions.

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