The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published a map of quiet backstreet cycle routes connecting all areas of inner London with a view to collecting feedback from the public.
“Cycle streets” closed to other traffic, new routes by parks and sixty miles of backstreet “Quietways” are part of the proposed Grid.
Many of the new Quietway routes will run parallel to Tube lines or bus routes, with a “Circle Line Quietway” and a “Victoria Line Quietway” among the routes published today.
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Transport for London (TfL) and Barclays have confirmed that the bank’s sponsorship of the city’s Boris Bikes will come to an end in July 2015 – despite having announced in 2011 that they had agreed an extension to the initial contract that would take it through to 2018. Meanwhile, TfL's board is meeting today and is due to extend the contract of Scheme operator Serco, which also expires in 2015.
Boris Johnson has pledged to make 33 dangerous junctions in London safer for cyclists, along with starting work on two major safe cycle highways for cyclists through the middle of the city by 2015.
He will also publish a network of quieter routes through backstreets for cyclists who are frightened of cycling around lorries.
"We are publishing the map of our new network of Quietways across Zone one, many of them following the lines of the Tube map,” he said in a speech this morning.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson appears to have backed down from his planned comments warning that the focus on recent deaths ran the risk of putting people off cycling.
Speaking at a safety summit at City Hall bringing together cycle and haulage groups, Mr Johnson had planned to suggest campaigning groups needed to be “more careful” in how they spoke about cycling.
More than 80% of London cyclists responding to a survey say they are more concerned about road safety than they were six months ago.
In the online survey conducted for the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, a statistically significant response base of nearly 6,000 people, of whom more than 90 per cent cycle in London, two-thirds of them daily, a significant number said they were cycling less.
22 per cent said they had decreased their number of trips by bike in the last six months, with 91 per cent of those saying it was due to safety fears.
Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson says that lorries should be banned from the city centre during rush hour, describing them as a “menace.” The views of the first elected mayor of England’s sixth largest city contrast with those of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who last month rejected a call from British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman to ban HGVs from cities during peak hours.
Thousands of cyclists are expected to converge on Transport for London's headquarters this evening for a 'die-in' protest following the deaths of six riders in a two week period earlier this month.
The protest will start at 5pm with a vigil for the cyclists who have died on London’s roads outside Transport for London HQ at 197 Blackfriars Road. That will be followed at 5.30 by the die-in and rally, before the event ends at 6.30.
To promote the event, Dave Standard and Ealing Cycling have made this powerful short clip:
A ban on HGVs in cities during peak hours is not the answer when it comes to protecting cyclists, the Freight Transport Association has said.
Although the organisation concedes that more needs to be done to improve cycling safety, it says that the idea, already in place in cities like Paris and Dublin, is unworkable, and would affect commerce and supply in towns and cities.
Transport for London (TfL) is reported to have approached an institution in London to conduct research regarding the effect of wearing headphones on the safety of cyclists. Earlier this week, the city’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, said banning headphones was one option being considered following the death of six cyclists in the city.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson faced strong criticism of his record on cycle safety in the London Assembly’s Mayor’s Question Time this morning with Assembly members accusing him and Transport for London of moving too slowly to help London cyclists and of actually making the roads more dangerous.
In his comments on the recent deaths on London’s roads, Boris Johnson said: “The spate of fatalities we’ve seen in the last couple weeks must be seen in the context of an overall decline in fatalities.”