On the eve of today’s election that will decide his successor at City Hall, two videos posted to social media yesterday highlight the success of Boris Johnson’s flagship Cycle Superhighways.
The North-South Cycle Superhighway is now open from Elephant & Castle to Stonecutter Street, while the East-West route will be officially opened tomorrow morning.
Posting this video of the North-South route to YouTube, Andrew Larssen said: “In places it feels like it is already nearing capacity - amazing after only 3 days.”
Jono Kenyon of Hackney Cycling Campaign also took a video from the northern end of Blackfriars Bridge, where the two routes intersect, and posted it to Twitter.
What started as a river has become a flood. Time for the Uk to unlock the potential of cycling. pic.twitter.com/Tezh0xjahb
— Jono Kenyon (@Jono_Kenyon) May 4, 2016
In November, Mr Johnson said that pushing through infrastructure such as those two major routes had been the biggest political challenge he had ever faced.
He told Assembly Members: “To be honest, this whole Cycle Revolution, which is really under way, is provoking the most incredible backlash, I’ve got to be honest with you.
“I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done that’s provoked such direct remonstrances from everybody. Virtually every senior government minister in one way or another has ticked me off in one way or another for the Cycle Superhighways.
“And every time they do, I get prouder and prouder of what we’re doing, it’s the right way forward for our great city.”
— LdnCyclingCampaign (@london_cycling) May 4, 2016
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.