Momentous day for London as Mayor confirms cycle superhighways will go ahead

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Momentous day for London as Mayor confirms cycle superhighways will go ahead

27 January 2015


The Mayor of London has announced final plans for the construction of new East-West and North-South cycle superhighways in London. Subject to approval by the Transport for London board next week, construction of the superhighways – which are to be Europe’s longest substantially segregated cycleways – will begin in March.

High quality cycle superhighways were one of the key measures that the Mayor of London promised to deliver when he signed up to London Cycling Campaign’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign in advance of the mayoral elections in 2012. The new routes represent a major advance in creating streets that are safe and inviting for people of all ages and abilities to cycle.

Rosie Downes, Campaigns Manager at London Cycling Campaign, said:

“This is a huge first step towards what the Mayor promised the London Cycling Campaign and our supporters at the last mayoral election. We commend him for this bold move that will help tackle congestion, reduce road danger, improve our air quality and make London an even more fantastic city for everyone.”

There has been overwhelming support for the proposals. Around 21,500 people responded to TfL's nine-week consultation on the proposals, with around 5,600 responding via the London Cycling Campaign website. More than a hundred major businesses on or near the routes, including Unilever, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deloitte and Orange, also publicly backed the scheme, as did all parties on the London Assembly. Opinion polling showed that Londoners as a whole backed the scheme by 64 per cent to 28 per cent.

However, a small but powerful minority opposed the scheme. In response to their concerns Transport for London has made some changes to it: the cycle track will narrow to 3 metres for a short section at Blackfriars Underpass and near Temple Station (narrower than the 4m minimum we have been calling for as standard); and proposals to close Horse Guards Rd and Storey’s Gate in Westminster have also been dropped. London Cycling Campaign will be looking closely at the impact of all of these changes.

 

Contact:

Charlie Lloyd, Campaigns Officer, London Cycling Campaign: charlie@lcc.org.uk, 020 7234 9310 / 07979 757100

Notes to editors:

1.       London Cycling Campaign’s initial response to the proposals in September 2014, and full responses to the North-South and East-West consultations, can be seen at http://lcc.org.uk/articles/lcc-hails-initial-proposals-for-new-superhighways-as-a-success-1

2.       Full details of the proposals are due to be published in advance of the Transport for London board meeting on 4 February. Papers will be made available at https://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/board-papers

3.      More information about London Cycling Campaign’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign, which secured a promise from the Mayor of London to make London’s streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland, can be seen at http://lcc.org.uk/pages/go-dutch