The London Borough of Newham may be home to the Olympic Velodrome, and last year it hosted the final stage of the Tour of Britain, but one of Boris Johnson’s Barclays Cycle Superhighways will not now extend into the borough after being opposed by the borough’s mayor, Sir Robin Wales.
In his blog in the London Evening Standard, Ross Lydall reports that Sir Robin’s objection to part of Cycle Superhighway 2 running through the borough on its way from Aldgate in Tower Hamlets to Ilford in Redbridge is because he believes there are already too many roadworks in Stratford High Street.
Now, however, the Superhighway will finish at Bow when it is opened in July, reports the newspaper, which adds that the borough has also missed out on £125,000 in funding from Transport for London (TfL), of which £100,000 would have gone towards cycle parking, £20,000 to cycle training and £5,000 to provide safety checks on bicycles.
The Mayor of London has reportedly discussed the situation with his Newham counterpart, while Mr Johnson’s transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, is reported by the Standard to be attempting to resolve the situation, but the newspaper says there is little prospect of the Cycle Superhighway being completed ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.
Roger Evans, Conservative Assembly Member for nearby Redbridge has – perhaps jokingly – said that the objection may be due to the blue paint used to mark out the Cycle Superhighway, a suggestion refuted by Newham Council.
Instead, it says, “Our primary concern is cyclists' safety. Newham council is committed to a cycling legacy from 2012 and we are in constructive negotiations with TfL about the route. Kulveer Ranger will be visiting the borough later this summer so we can work together on the best way forward."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.