Bow previously marked the edge of London for travellers leaving and coming to London. It now marks a transition between the traditional, urban and dense high streets of Tower Hamlets and the landscape of the Lower Lea Valley. The roundabout, flyover and canal break up the connections between West and East and are currently a hostile place for pedestrians and cyclists.  

Improvements are proposed that will make it a safer and more enjoyable place. The first step in achieving this a floating towpath along the River Lea, designed by Adams and Sutherland, is underway. Improving pedestrian crossing facilities at the roundabout and at Bow Church are being investigated as possible next steps.