First two Cycle Superhighways launch in south and east London

photo The first two Superhighways have launched, but more work needs to be done to improve standards



LCC has welcomed London's first two Cycle Superhighways, and the greater investment in cycling, but has warned that the rest of the Superhighways must do much more than the first two pilots to tackle difficult junctions.

Without such action, the Superhighways will not live up to the Mayor’s promise of roads where “the bicycle will dominate and that will be clear to all others using them”.

In their present form, they're unlikely to encourage enough Londoners to cycle, and thus deliver the increased use of routes the Mayor wants to see.

LCC is calling for:

  • lower speed limits
  • clear cyclist priority on routes
  • continuity that is not disrupted by the big junctions and diversions around one-way systems.

Despite the criticisms, LCC is reminding planners that cycling has been shown to provide by far the best-value transport investment.

Oliver Schick, chair of LCC’s policy committee, said: "We welcome the increased cycle parking, clear marking of routes, provision of cycle training, and workplace initiatives associated with the programme.

"However, we're disappointed at the lack of progress on large junctions and one-way systems such as Stockwell, Kennington and Tower Gateway.

"London is heavily distorted by these legacies of a less-enlightened past transport policy, and it needs to be returned to its natural, more cycling-friendly form.”

LCC is also calling for an independent review of the pilot Superhighways, so that they continue to be improved after this initial phase.

TfL has also met LCC again to discuss the latter's proposed ‘BikeGrid’, a network of cycle-friendly streets to help Superhighway users continue their journeys into and across central London.