The Superhighways are a fantastically visual reminder to all road users, not just cyclists, that London embraces cycling as an integral cog in its machine
- Early results from both pilot routes suggest an overall increase of 25 per cent in cycle journeys
The delivery of the Mayor's next two Barclays Cycle Superhighways moved a step closer today (Thursday 30 September), with works starting on routes from Wandsworth to Westminster, and Bow to Aldgate.
The two new routes, which will be up and running in summer 2011, follow the launch of the pilot Superhighways in July this year.
Early results from both pilot routes suggest an overall increase of 25 per cent in cycle journeys, with some sections of the Merton to City route showing increases of 90 per cent or more.
A key part of the Mayor's commitment to stimulating a cycling revolution in the Capital, the Barclays Cycle Superhighways give cyclists clearly marked, direct and continuous cycle routes into central London.
Works started today on the Bow to Aldgate route with preparatory work on Mile End Road in advance of resurfacing to provide a smoother journey for cyclists, and kerb improvements at Armoury Way on the Wandsworth to Westminster route.
As well as installing highly visible blue cycle lanes along both of the new routes at a minimum of 1.5 metres wide, other works scheduled to make it easier and safer to commute by bike include:
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'The two pilot Superhighways routes are a-buzz with cyclists following the blue lanes to get to and from work each day.
'These two new routes are set to give thousands more Londoners a taste of commuting by bicycle on our Superhighways, which provide cyclists with faster, safer, direct, continuous routes into central London.
'The Superhighways are a fantastically visual reminder to all road users, not just cyclists, that London embraces cycling as an integral cog in its machine.'
David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'The initial works that have started today on the next two Barclays Cycle Superhighways are the first of many hundreds of improvements that will be made over the coming months to these routes, making sure that the work is delivered to provide the best value for money.
'We are continuing to gather detailed data on the performance of the pilot routes and will ensure that this information is taken into account as work on the next two routes progresses.
'TfL is also working closely with the relevant London boroughs and a whole range of interested parties to ensure that we maximise every opportunity to improve the cycle commute for those already using these routes, and attract many more thousands of Londoners to join them.'