New route includes 18-mile cycle route running East-West through the capital city

Two new Cycle Superhighways were unveiled in London today, including an 18 mile continuous East-West cycle route, dubbed the “Crossrail for Bikes”.

The routes, which will run East-West from Tower Hill to Westbourne Terrace, and North-South from Kings Cross to Elephant and Castle, will be “substantially segregated” and will see road space reallocated to those on bikes, including one lane of the Westway flyover.

The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) calls the plans “a major step forward in creating streets that are safe and inviting for cycling”.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, says: “Bikes already make up 24 per cent of all rush-hour traffic in central London – hundreds of thousands of journeys every day that would otherwise be made by car or public transport. Because this isn’t just about cyclists. Getting more people on to their bikes will reduce pressure on the road, bus and rail networks, cut pollution, and improve life for everyone, whether or not they cycle themselves.”

Consultation on the two routes begins today. Transport for London (TfL) says the routes chosen, which will link up with Quietways and other Cycle Superhighways, have seen a reduction of around a quarter of motor traffic in the last ten years. On Victoria Embankment, where the East-West Superhighway will replace a traffic lane, motor traffic declined 24% between 2004-2013, while in places 15% of vehicles are bicycles.

Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of London Cycling Campaign, said: “In 2012, 10,000 LCC supporters took to the streets to call for streets that are as safe and inviting as they are in Holland. In response, the Mayor promised them that he would deliver all new cycle superhighways to best continental standards. We congratulate the Mayor on finally taking such a big step towards delivering on this promise, and will be working with TfL to address the concerns we have about parts of the new routes.”

“LCC’s main concerns are that some of the planned new junctions are not safe enough and that the width of the new cycle tacks is too narrow in places. Our local groups and activists will ensure these and other questions are presented to TfL. Overall, though, LCC is really pleased to see commitments to substantially reallocate carriageway space to ensure protected space for cycling – particularly on the east-west superhighway, where cyclists regularly make up almost half of traffic during the morning peak.

The North-South route will be largely segregated two-way cycle track, using low traffic back streets and/or segregation in one direction on smaller streets.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Cycling in London is becoming more popular by the day and these new Cycle Superhighways will further transform London into a continental cycle-tropolis for riders of all ages. We will be working hard in the coming months to ensure that these schemes can be delivered as quickly as possible, while balancing the needs of all road users and look forward to hearing the views from Londoners and visitors to the city about these transformational plans.”

TfL is working with London boroughs, who manage the majority of the capital’s roads, to deliver the routes. In places, including West of the Westway and through Farringdon, details are still being finalised.

The East-West route was originally announced as the centrepiece of Johnson’s £913m Cycling Vision in March 2013.

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  • Sparks

    China have it sorted as cycles including battery cycles and battery mopeds are everywhere in the cities. It seems to me that everyone is more tolerant. Ok lots of hooting to let other road users know that they are there but the hooting is not usually in anger as in the UK. Maybe we should ALL try and become more tolerant of each other.

  • Realist

    A better idea would be to ban cyclists from central London. They’re nothing but a nuisance to pedestrians, car drivers, taxi drivers, bus drivers and lorry drivers. The majority of them don’t follow the rules of the road whatsoever. How often do you see them jumping red lights for example, and going over crossings when people are using them to walk across the road? Very often. That’s without the rest of what they do. Nothing but a pest to others.

    • Apollina

      Motorists break the law daily; speeding, texting, talking on phones, amber gambling, running red lights etc etc. However you don’t see widespread calls to ban cars from the roads, despite that cars cause a lot more fatalities than bicycles. Whether you think bikes should be allowed or not, they are, and you have to accept that and behave appropriately. The majority of cyclists do not break the law – like motorists some do -, a lot just do things that keep themselves safe when faced with motorists who don’t like cyclists for no reason whatsoever and decide they are judge, jury and sometimes literally executioner.

      • Apollina

        Indeed on my ride to and from the supermarket just now; 2 motorists amber gambling, one making a dangerous overtake (of me) whilst on a roundabout – yes really, he forced me over and off the road, and one motorist in the oncoming lane whilst on his mobile phone. Cycling infractions I saw? None. But yes, bloody cyclists should be banned, trying to stay safe amongst inappropriate infrastructure and thousands of either reckless or actively dangerous motorists.

    • Mr_K

      The day that not a single person is killed or maimed by an inconsiderate, distracted or incompetent driver is the day I’ll start taking safety advice from motorists. Get your own house in order before you start lecturing others.

      • Realist

        Not lecturing. It’s the rules of the road. My house is perfectly in order. And I see cyclists going through red lights all the time, unlike other road users.

        • Apollina

          *headdesk*
          Nice missing the point there.

          • Realist

            You would say that. Keep hitting your head on the desk till you knock some sense into it. :-)

        • Mr_K

          Are you genuinely telling me that thousands of people killed or maimed a year by negligent and indeed law-breaking motorists is “in order”? Agreed: some cyclists flout the rules and that can be irritating. But they don’t pose a mortal threat. Motorists, on the other hand, do. If you were serious about road safety, as opposed to recycling misguided Clarksonian bluster, you’d address your concern at the real danger on the road: bad drivers. Here’s an idea: get on a bike and ride round your local area for a couple of hours. Then come back and tell me just how law-abiding and angelic your fellow motorists are. I think it will be quite an eye-opener for you.

          • Realist

            I’m telling you that a vast number of cyclists (not just “some”) don’t follow the rules of the road. Why is that a problem for you? You seem to wish to distract from the topic at hand – that a huge number of cyclists don’t understand, or ignore the rules of the road. And leaving other road users aside, they pose a threat to pedestrians, when they run red lights over a crossing, no? What’s your answer for that? Rid of pedestrian crossings too?
            You’ve made the assumption that I haven’t got a bike and that I haven’t used it in London, which I have on many occasion (though, I do not jump the red lights – but then, I know my highway code).
            What I also haven’t mentioned, is not only the red light jumping, but cycling down one way streets the wrong way (this I intend to capture on dash cam too). There is little you can open my eyes – words are little substitute for experience, and I’m more than acquainted with London’s roads. And yes, cyclists are the ones who ignore/break the rules more than any others. Perhaps it’s time to open your eyes a little wider. Nonetheless, I shall be capturing it on cam, and I know fully well that I’ll have a lot for people to see. I’ll be contacting the press too. It’s about time someone truly pointed out what cyclists are doing once and for all.

          • Mr_K

            The whole anti-cyclist rhetoric is itself a massive distraction from the real issue on our roads which is the appalling standard of much driving and lack of safe infrastructure for people to cycle on without running the gauntlet of dangerous motorised traffic. I counter your assertion that most cyclists ignore the rules with my own observation that all motorists do. Show me a single driver who has never broken the speed limit, accelerated through an amber light, parked on the pavement, not to mention the myriad other offences that are normalised and tolerated. Film cyclists by all means, but if again, if you’re serious about road safety and not just a small-minded anti-cyclist bigot I’d expect you to publish examples of poor and dangerous driving too in the interest of painting a true picture of the situation on our roads.

          • Realist

            Ah, name calling. Splendid. Typical cyclist mentality. Point something out and you get abuse. And such a fuss and ultra defensive over the fact that a vast number of cyclists don’t follow the rules of the road. You distracting from the issue does nothing. The films I upload however, will be focusing on the issue VERY much, to draw attention to it. One thing at a time, right? The difference with drivers is they get points on their licenses, and caught on camera. Unlike a huge amount of cyclists who think the rules of the road don’t apply to them whatsoever. Drunk cyclists, driving down one way streets the wrong way, ignoring signs, going over crossings when pedestrians are on them, cycling on pathways, jumping lights and all round reckless cycling. To point it all out, that can only be a good thing, wouldn’t you agree? How can it possibly be bad? I certainly wouldn’t be protesting if you wanted to catch bad drivers on cam, so why get upset about me pointing out what cyclists do? I see them blatantly breaking the rules far more than any other road users. Stop at a set of red lights and watch how many cars jump them, for example (it’s also rare for drivers to go down one way streets like cyclists do very often). The list goes on. Still, I can’t see why it upsets you. Surely you want everyone to stick to the rules of the road, no? If you wished to catch bad drivers on cam, I’d applaud that. Good on you. Stop being so narrow minded.

          • Apollina

            What is with your assumption that we run red lights? I don’t and never have. I cycle safely and legally on the road, never on the footway. You have made numerous claims that I am ignorant, however unlike you I have responded to points you have made, while you have repeatedly accused me of breaking the law – something I have never done. I am very well acquainted (the word is acquainted, by the way. Antiquated means something very different, however I’m sure that with how ignorant you claim not to be you already know that and are just joshing with me) with the highway code, both my rights as a road user and my responsibilities toward others.
            I have no intention to continue this conversation with you as you have already demonised me in your head and seem to view me as less worthy of life than others – you have written me off and made some incredibly wrong assumptions about me. I entered into this conversation in the spirit of adult debate, but you have chosen instead to be passive aggressive and pass over thinly-veiled insults. I have acknowledged repeatedly that some cyclists are poor, you have not acknowledged once that motorists frequently speed, also run red lights, open car doors without looking (into the paths of cyclists and pedestrians), park on double yellow lines, park on the footway etc.
            I sincerely hope that at some point you can be more aware of your own responsibilities to others, rather than just your rights and your agenda.

          • Realist

            You’re liking your own comments? Seriously?
            If I’d written you off, I wouldn’t be replying to you. Can you say the same, or are you about to write me off? Not that I’m fussed, but, you know… going by your own logic and standards and what not…
            Where did I make the assumption that YOU run red lights? Nowhere. And I also said to the other person here (regarding my intentions to draw attention to what cyclists do on the road) “I’m sure you’d appreciate that, being as you don’t jump red lights yourself.” So I think it’s safe to say you’re wrong there with that assumption. Nor have I demonised you. And looking back at your comments “*headdesk* Nice missing the point there.” – you have indeed been ignorant. I missed no point, you – again – made an assumption. My point is that cyclsits should follow the rules of the road – no night-time drunk cyclists, keeping off pavements, not jumping red lights, not going the wrong way down one way streets. Do you argue that? Then take it up with the government. Ignorance is thinking that the rules do not apply to you, but everyone else (in the case of a high number of cyclists – that’s exactly how they reveal themselves to think). I do follow the rules of the road. A vast number of cyclists, clearly do not. This is what needs to be focused on – and I intend to with the film I’ll be uploading, and contacting the press over. It WILL get attention, I assure you. As for me not acknowledging that “motorists frequently speed” (yes, they do, but so do cyclists in the new 20mph zones – but they don’t get points for it like car drivers if they do – and then drivers have registration plates and there’s cameras. What about the cyclists?), “also run red lights “(clearly, far more cyclists do that in London than drivers, so this hardly applies to drivers in comparison – and again, registration plates and cameras), “open car doors without looking” (yes, this happens, but then again, as a driver and cyclist, I keep a certain distance from parked cars – that’s road sense, surely other cyclists should have a little road sense too as well as those opening the doors?) “they park on double yellow lines, park on the footway etc (yes, that happens, but it’s not so much of a danger as cyclists riding on the pavements and going down one way streets the wrong way – something you don’t tend to see cars doing). All I see that you’re doing is trying to distract from the issue of cyclists breaking the rules. One thing must be dealt with at a time.
            As for me being aware of my own responsibilities, I’m VERY aware of my own responsibilities to others, to share my knowledge – hence, I’ll be making a film to draw attention to what cyclists get up to. And my “agenda” would be for cyclists to follow the rules of the road. Why that’s a problem for you I don’t know.

  • KarlRoche

    Ever tried riding along one of the current CS between 10am and 4pm? Useless, they are full of parked cars and vans. No good just having them for the commute, they need to be there for the entire day to encourage and allow everyone to use them all day long.

    • http://www.edwinlyons.com Edwin Lyons

      That won’t be an issue if they’re segregated will it?

      • KarlRoche

        Yes, what I’m saying is that all the CS need to be for cycling and cycling only – all the time. Lots to improve with what we currently have.

  • Sod

    Usual Bojo North and West London bias then…