Work starts on two new London cycle superhighways

25 per cent increase in bike journeys predicted when operational

by Mark Appleton   October 1, 2010  

Cycle Superhighways - indicative routes

Work has started on the delivery of two new Barclays Cycle Superhighways in London. The routes from Wandsworth to Westminster and Bow to Aldgate are scheduled to become fully operational in the summer of 2011 and pilot studies  indicate they will lead to a 25 increase in cycle journeys along their length.

Barclays Cycle Superhighways give cyclists clearly marked, direct and continuous cycle routes into central London. The work which started yesterday will involve resurfacing to provide a smoother journey for cyclists, and kerb improvements at Armoury Way on the Wandsworth to Westminster route.

As well as creating highly visible blue cycle lanes along both of the new routes at a minimum of 1.5m wide, other works scheduled to make it easier and safer to commute by bike include:
• Introducing 24 new Advanced Stop Lines at junctions along both routes, providing a space for cyclists to wait at lights ahead of the queue of traffic;
• Making modifications to 30 junctions along both routes to make them safer for cyclists, for example at the junction of Cambridge Heath Road and Whitechapel Road. Subject to a successful trial along the pilot routes, TfL is planning to install cycle safety mirrors known as ‘Trixi’ mirrors at this location. Proposals also include upgrading the traffic signal equipment, and assessing the possible removal of existing left-turn slip roads;
• Providing a quicker and safer way for cyclists to travel across the Bow Roundabout on the Bow to Aldgate route;
• Introducing a clearly marked diversionary route so that cyclists can avoid the busy junction of Battersea Park Road and Queenstown Road on the Wandsworth to Westminster route;
• Introducing mandatory cycle lanes wherever possible, including along 25 per cent of the Wandsworth to Westminster route.

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.”
 

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"Introducing mandatory cycle lanes wherever possible ..."

Que?

Am I to infer it will become illegal for cyclists NOT to use the new cycles paths? Clarification please.

posted by mad_scot_rider [536 posts]
1st October 2010 - 11:55

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I had read mandatory cycle lanes as being cycle lanes with solid whote line dividers (that motorvehicles may not enter), not that they obey them on CS7 or the Victoria embankment.

"Introducing 24 new Advanced Stop Lines at junctions along both routes, providing a space for cyclists to wait at lights ahead of the queue of traffic"
Only useful if they enforce them against cars and motorbikes using them.

"Introducing a clearly marked diversionary route so that cyclists can avoid the busy junction of Battersea Park Road and Queenstown Road"
It would make more sense to redesign this rubbish junction totally rather than just divert CS8 round it.

posted by thereverent [295 posts]
1st October 2010 - 12:46

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All well and good, but will vehicle drivers be ticcketed for entering these mandatory cycle lanes or will the fact that there is a solid white line further enforce the them and us mentality held by drivers towards cylists! It is only when learner drivers are educated about the existance of vunerable road usersand the driver's responsibility to them that things may change. Afterall the cycling proficiency/bike aware ensures that young cyclists have some form of road awareness!

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posted by giff77 [1036 posts]
1st October 2010 - 13:30

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thereverent wrote:
I had read mandatory cycle lanes as being cycle lanes with solid whote line dividers (that motorvehicles may not enter), not that they obey them on CS7 or the Victoria embankment.

Aah - an infinitely more palatable interpretation.

If it's enforced that is.

posted by mad_scot_rider [536 posts]
1st October 2010 - 13:46

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Still nothing for Waltham Forest I see. What a non-surprise.

posted by That Guy Hex [4 posts]
2nd October 2010 - 14:30

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