TfL gets to grips with Cycling Crossrail
Transport for London is now getting to grips with its design for the East-West Cycling Superhighway – the ‘Cycling Crossrail’.
In designing the cycle route, TfL aims to
- Segregate cyclists from other traffic
- Connect with other cycle routes
- Improve conditions for pedestrians
- Improve the public realm.
We understand that TfL is pursuing the concept of a segregated two-way cycle track along the Victoria Embankment, as shown on the cover of the Mayor of London's Vision for Cycling in London. This shows a four-metre two-way cycle track separated from the main carriageway by a three-metre strip. Issues that the engineers are grappling with include:
- Accommodating parking for 12% of the coaches that come into Central London
- Finding the best way of running pedestrian crossings over the cycle track
There are a number of options for Consitution Hill:
- Using the current path along the side of Green Park. This is the least likely option, since it causes conflict with pedestrians at each end and cannot accommodate growing numbers of cyclists.
- Using the horse ride, which is rarely used by horses: the Horse Guards use the carriageway!
- Cycle lanes in the carriageway.
The Royal Parks are likely to offer three different routes through Hyde Park:
- Serpentine Road - West Carriage Drive: the most direct option but not always available because of events on Serpentine Road
- South Carriage Drive - West Carriage Drive: an alternative to Serpentine Road and useful components of other cycle routes.
- The Broad Walk - North Carriage Drive: the least attractive option, since it is already nearing capacity.
We look forward to hearing more about TfL's plans for other parts of the route – not least Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate.
The timetable for completing the route is as follows:
2014: Public consultation;
2016: Launch of route.
This post was edited by ColinWing at 11:06pm 27 November 2013.