LCC secures review of cycle routes in Olympic Park

photo The Velodrome takes shape in the Olympic Park, but will there be decent cycle routes around the area?

The Olympic Delivery Agency (ODA) has promised to review cycle provision in the Olympic Park after lobbying by LCC’s East London groups at a key planning meeting.

Plans for the Olympic Park, which include a range of on- and off-road cycle routes, will now shown to Cycling England (the national adviser on cycling) following a formal recommendation from the Planning Decisions Team (PDT) for the Olympic Park.

Some PDT committee members shared LCC’s concerns about poor cycle facility designs, which included an on-road cycle lane around a roundabout.

The committee also ordered a review of cycle parking at legacy venues across the Olympic Park.

LCC argued that cycle parking in the park did not consider the thousands of people who might arrive by bike for major cycling or swimming events at venues like the Velodrome and Aquatic Centre.

Olympic Park should promote sustainable transport
Tom Bogdanowicz campaigns manager said, "LCC has argued from the outset that the whole Olympic zone needs to be a best-practice example of a development that's cycle-friendly and minimises car-dependency.

“This review by the ODA is a tribute to the work of the local LCC action. The 2012 Group had to sift through mountains of documents and designs involved in this huge project.”

LCC has argued that all workplaces and sport venues in the Olympic Park need sufficient cycle parking for staff and visitors, with extra land set aside to for temporary cycle parking at major events.

Currently only cycle parking for small numbers of day-to-day visitors is being considered.

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