Cycle Highways must tackle major obstacles to favour cyclists

photo TfL's Cycle Highway team takes notes as LCC route experts contribute their views

A massive effort is required to turn the proposed Cycle Highways into cycle-friendly routes, according to LCC staff and volunteers who inspected the routes this week.

LCC has expressed support for the Cycle Highways project and is investing hundreds of hours of volunteer time to analysing the routes and making recommendations.

The official inspection, in conjunction with the Transport for London team tasked with implementing the scheme, came just days before a cyclist was killed by a left-turning lorry outside Oval underground station on the proposed Wimbledon-to-City route.

Junctions are cyclist danger areas
Cyclists from all over London were shocked to hear of the seventh cyclist fatality this year caused by a collision with an HGV.

The route inspection meetings took place across four days, and involved over a dozen experts from LCC, including staff and volunteers representing all the boroughs affected by the first two proposed routes, from Wimbledon to City, and Barking to Tower Hill.

LCC chief executive Koy Thomson said, “During the inspections LCC representatives made specific recommendations to improve the safety of the junction at Oval tube, the site of the tragic fatality earlier this week.

Mayor has set ambitious targets
“If the Cycle Highway improvements are to encourage a threefold increase in cycling along the proposed routes, as the mayor himself projects, then the major junctions must be addressed.

“LCC has campaigned for years to have junctions like Oval, Stockwell, Canning Town and Tower Hill made safer for cyclists. And this is how the first two Cycle Highways should be judged when they’re completed in 2010.”

photo Stockwell gyratory is one of the junctions LCC says must be made safer for cyclists