Transport for London responds to Superhighways criticism


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LCC published its Superhighways video a couple of weeks ago (over 3000 views so far), and reported on the lukewarm reception from many bloggers towards the first sections of the new facilities.

Transport for London wrote to LCC to defend itself against the criticism its facilities have received from many quarters.

Always happy to play fair, LCC is pleased to print their letter in full:

Three junctions on the Merton to the City route have had blue surfacing in place since early March as part of a trial to test the reaction of road users, but the main works on the pilot routes did not start until 26th April 2010.

TfL is introducing a range of measures to improve safety along the routes.

These include the introduction of cycle lanes, more Advanced Stop Lines, realignment of some lanes and junctions and re-designing crossings.

There is great demand for space on London’s road network and in many areas the roads are very narrow, so it’s not possible to provide separated lanes for cyclists.

TfL is, however, introducing new segregated cycle lanes at some locations, for example at the Stockwell Gyratory.

We’re also increasing the amount of cycle parking along the routes, providing cycle training for those wanting to build their skills and confidence, and providing bike maintenance sessions to support the increased number of cyclists that we anticipate using both routes.