London Gets Cycle Superhighways
LONDON, UK – Next month work will start in London on the construction of east-west and north-south Superhighway routes, dubbed “Crossrail for Bikes”. “These are two really bold schemes that will massively enhance the opportunity for people to take up cycling in London,” said CTC’s (the National Cycling Charity) Campaigns & Policy Director Roger Geffen.
The north-south route runs from Kings Cross to Elephant & Castle, while the iconic east-west route runs from Tower Bridge to Paddington via the Embankment, Parliament Square and Hyde Park. The Board of Transport for London (TfL), also approved further measures on Cycle Superhighways 2 and 5, in east and south London respectively.
People taking up cycling in London
CTC’s Director Roger Geffen said, “These are two really bold schemes that will massively enhance the opportunity for people to take up cycling in London. London’s roads and its economy will flow more smoothly, and we’ll all be able to breathe more easily in a healthier, greener city. The designs of these schemes aren’t perfect but they absolutely deserve to go ahead without further delay.”
Massive support from over 100 businesses
However, the decision comes after an intense campaign by vested interests with seats on the TfL Board to block the scheme. But the Cycling Works campaign, informally backed by the London Cycling Campaign, revealed massive support from over 100 businesses and other London employers, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Orange, Coca Cola, Microsoft, law firm Allen & Overy, and Unilever. Some other major UK cities want to follow suit and have given the go ahead for similar schemes.