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Transport body says it may take time for everyone to get used to infrastructure

Transport for London (TfL) has told road.cc that it is working with the Metropolitan Police to ensure motorists stay off the capital’s Cycle Superhighways – but says it could take time for everyone to get used to the infrastructure being rolled out in the city.

A picture posted to Twitter by Alec James on Sunday showed a car tailgating him on a section of the North-South Cycle Superhighway across the road from TfL’s headquarters in Southwark.

Another cyclist, SW19cam, shared footage on YouTube similarly showing motor vehicles being driven on one of the routes, despite signage clearly showing they are for bicycles only.

Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of sponsorship for surface transport, commented: “The Cycle Superhighways are transforming the look-and-feel of London’s roads, making them significantly safer and bringing us up-to-speed with the likes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

“We expect it to take time before all road users become accustomed to radical changes, such as bi-directional cycle tracks, on major roads in a world city.‎

“Isolated incidents of motorists using the new segregated lanes have been brought to our attention and, working alongside the Met Police, we have an extensive education and enforcement campaign aimed at preventing this.

“We'll consider further measures if this persists,” he added.

While the reference to people needing time to get used to the Cycle Superhighways seems to relate to motorists who up on them by mistake, Mr James said on Sunday that he believed the driver of the vehicle he took a picture of knew what he was doing.

In an exchange on Twitter with Carlton Reid, Roads Were Not Built For Cars author and executive editor of BikeBiz he said the person was “certainly driving like they knew it,” adding, you “can do pretty much what you like on the roads on Sunday evening.”

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.